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The news... (23/06/2017)


Launching of the data collection for the 2016-2018 CEPEJ evaluation cycle

Since 8 June 2017, the new data collection system of the CEPEJ, CEPEJ-COLLECT, is accessible to CEPEJ national correspondents in the framework of the biennial evaluation exercise of the functioning of European judicial systems. The collection of the data from 2016 will end on 31 December 2017. It will then serve as basis for the preparation of the evaluation report which will be published in autumn 2018, via CEPEJ-STAT notably. The new CEPEJ-COLLECT system includes all necessary information to the data collection process (explanatory note, user manual).
Link to the evaluation grid (word version) and to the explanatory note (word version)


Training of Trainers in Ankara, Turkey (19-21 June 2017)

A three-day Training of Trainers is organised in Ankara on 19-21 June 2017, with the participation of fifty trainers from different training institutions delivering mediation training. The main objectives of the training are to introduce to trainers the new curriculum, methodology and training materials for basic mediation training that are currently being developed under the Project, as well as to receive the feedback from trainers before their finalisation. Finalised training materials will be submitted to the Ministry of Justice, and more specifically to its Mediation Department for adoption and dissemination among accredited training institutions. This meeting is organised in the framework of the Project entitled “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Republic of Turkey.
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29th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ

The 29th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ will take place on 29-30 June 2017 in Strasbourg. Members of the CEPEJ will examine the calendar for the 2016-2018 evaluation cycle and will be introduced to the new system for data collection established by the CEPEJ. Members will also take note of the work underway in the different CEPEJ working groups (evaluation of judicial systems, quality of justice, time management (SATURN), mediation) and will take stock of co-operation programmes.
Draft agenda


SEJ II is supporting the preparation of the new judicial map in Albania

In the framework of the Programme entitled “Strengthening the Efficiency and Quality of Justice in Albania” (SEJ II), a seminar and bilateral meetings were organised on 4-5 May 2017 in Tirana on current developments concerning the preparation of a new judicial map in Albania and were led by a CEPEJ international expert, Mr. Fabio Bartolomeo. Mr Bartolomeo presented the CEPEJ methodology according to the CEPEJ Revised Guidelines on the Creation of Judicial Maps to Support Access to Justice within a Quality Judicial System. On the basis of the mentioned statistics and information that are being collected currently according to the relevant CEPEJ indicators, Mr Bartholomeo will prepare a report which will include notably an evaluation of the current judicial map and will suggest concrete recommendations to ensure that the future judicial map will improve the efficiency and quality of the work of courts. This shall be discussed with beneficiaries in this next mission in autumn to support the next steps of this important process in the judicial reform in Albania. The SEJ II is a joint Action co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey".
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Test of Training Modules for Basic Mediation Training (29-31 May 2017, Ankara)

The different modules developed for basic mediation training are being tested during a training session organised within the premises of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) in Ankara on 29-31 May 2017. The trainers, who were involved in the development of the training modules will test them with a group of 21 trainees. The aim of this test training is to verify its methodology and fine-tune the activities as well as the content of the modules. The draft modules will then be finalised and published for further use by the beneficiary institutions. This meeting was organised in the scope of the Project on Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Republic of Turkey.
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CEPEJ Mission to Kosovo* with the first findings of the in-depth assessment process of the justice system in Kosovo

Under the Action "Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Kosovo*" (KoSEJ), which is part of the programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, two CEPEJ international experts held technical meetings with the Action’s beneficiaries in Kosovo on 22 -24 May 2017 to present and discuss the first findings of the in-depth assessment process currently led by the CEPEJ on the functioning of the judicial system in Kosovo. At this stage, a preliminary report provides a high level of data collected on the basis of the CEPEJ Evaluation Scheme duringin a first mission which took place in December 2016. This information is being consolidated and analysed. This second mission was an opportunity to improve further the analysis suggested, address outstanding issues, and discuss recommendations which will be included in the report to address existing challenges and improve the functioning of the judiciary.

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* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.


Peer evaluation in Cyprus

A team of CEPEJ experts will travel to Cyprus on 30 and 31 May to carry out a peer evaluation. On this occasion, they will meet the President of the Supreme Court and the Presidents of the District Courts of Nicosia and Limassol. Discussions will be held with relevant stakeholders working in statistical services and in charge of collecting data. Several meetings will also take place with interlocutors in charge of legal aid and of mediation and with representatives of the Ministry of Justice or of lawyers. A visit of the Registry of the District Court of Nicosia is also planned.
Programme


The predictive Justice presented by the CEPEJ

On 19 May 2017, the CEPEJ was invited in France by the Court of Appeal of Douai, the Bar in Lille, the Law Faculty of the catholic university of Lille and the research centre on the relationship between the law and risks (C3RD) to make a presentation about “Predictive Justice”. Mr François Paychère, President of the quality working group, addressed challenges and limitations of the new automated tools to analyse jurisprudence.

Download the presentation (French only)

 


3rd Workshop on Family Mediation (15/16 May 2017, Ankara)

The 3rd family mediation workshop was organised in Ankara on 15-16 May 2017 to focus specifically on the legislative framework of family mediation in Turkey. A CEPEJ expert and a family mediator from Germany have met key stakeholders in Turkish family mediation to share perspectives to support the Ministry of Justice on what could become a new specific legislation, in line with the CEPEJ Guidelines for a better implementation of the Recommendation Rec (98)1 on family mediation and the EU Mediation Directive dated 2008. National participants included family judges in pilot jurisdictions, mediators, academicians, NGOs, and representatives from the Court of Cassation, Regional Court of Appeal, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Family and Social Policies. Participants explored various topics, notably training of family mediators and the appropriate specific qualifications expected from them. By the end of the workshop, several recommendations have been adopted on the organisation and the legal framework of the family mediation scheme in Turkey. These recommendations are expected to be carried forward by decision and policy makers for the development and dissemination of mediation. This workshop was organised in the scope of the Project on Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey, implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Republic of Turkey.
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