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The news... (23/05/2017)


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)

 


CEPEJ will pursue its work on mediation

The CEPEJ working group on mediation will meet on 23 and 24 May 2017 in Strasbourg. It will work on measuring the impact of the CEPEJ guidelines on penal mediation, family and civil mediation and on alternatives to litigation between administrative authorities and private parties and on their update. The CEPEJ-GT-MED will complete, where necessary, the existing tools aimed at ensuring an effective implementation of the Council of Europe’s standards in the field of mediation.

Draft agenda

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.
More information about the programme in Turkey


Presenting the CEPEJ indicators of court performance to court staff in Kosovo* and discussing their use in practice, 11-12 May 2017

The KoSEJ Action entitled “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Kosovo*”, which is part of the programme entitled "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, organized a workshop entitled “CEPEJ indicators in practice” on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May 2017 in cooperation with the Kosovo Judicial Council Project responsible for the development and implementation of a case management information system for courts and prosecution offices in Kosovo. During the workshop, the main CEPEJ indicators of court performance were presented to court staff in the various Basic Courts and the Court of Appeals including statistics officers, court administrators, legal secretaries, information officers, clerks in the case management offices, and some court presidents. Graphical representations of the indicators were discussed with the participants. They welcomed the proposal to use the indicators in future regular internal court reports and reports to the Kosovo Judicial Council.
*[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].
More information about the programme in Kosovo


Testimonials from the judicial partners and stakeholders in the Republic of Moldova on how the implementation of CEPEJ tools helped them to improve the efficiency and quality of services in the pilot courts

Between June 2015 and March 2017 the Council of Europe and authorities of the Republic of Moldova were actively engaged in cooperation to improve the efficiency of courts and the quality of judicial services, as well as lawyers’ self-governance. This cooperation was part of the project "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova", conducted under the European Union and the Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance (previously designated as Programmatic Co-operation Framework in the Eastern Partnership Countries). The Superior Council of Magistracy, the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova played active roles in the implementation of the said project. 6 pilot courts, including the Supreme Court of Justice and some of the biggest and busiest appellate and fist instance courts, applied tools developed by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) in their day-to-day activities. To support the pilot courts, a team of CEPEJ experts conducted a thorough court coaching programme, which was concluded by an assessment of the pilot courts’ results and the development of a set of recommendations in view of further implementation of the CEPEJ tools in all courts of the Republic of Moldova. The results achieved by the pilot courts and other national partners are quite impressive in terms of improved time and quality management in courts, increased openness towards court users, transparency, and accountability of individual courts, introduction of adapted courses on court management in the training curricula for judges and court staff.
Read the testimonials

More information about the programme in the Republic of Moldova


CEPEJ Innovation Centre: 4 new examples of good practice implemented by the Latvian Court Administration

In conformity with the Rules of the CEPEJ Innovation Centre, the CEPEJ publishes 4 examples of good practices implemented by the Latvian Court Administration.
- Audio protocol marking system TIX (Crystal Scales of Justice Prize 2015 special award)
TIX is a court session audio recording solution, enabling to conveniently prepare clear and interactive court session protocol in PDF format with linked text and audio data (read more about this project).
- Site of electronic auctions
As of 1 July 2015 Executive Case Register module - Electronic Auction Site (hereinafter - the Site) commenced the work, providing the sworn bailiffs with a possibility to post announcements on auctions of the immovable property, to perform examination of the person for participation in the auction and authorisation thereof, to hold the auction, to send notifications to participants of the auction as well as to perform other activities related to organisation and course of the auction (read more about this project).
- Registry of enforcement cases
Registry of Enforcement cases (hereinafter - REC) is a national information system designed for certified bailiffs post duties stipulated by the law. It began operating in the beginning of 2012, but the mandatory transition to REC for all bailiffs was set to 31 December 2012. During these years, the REC is highly developed and has introduced a lot of new functionality that facilitates certified bailiff’s daily work (read more about this project).
- e-services portal
Court Administration has developed an e-services portal https://manas.tiesas.lv/eTiesas (available from January 2016). In the portal in user friendly and transparent manner court e-services are available in one place as well as customized for using tablet and mobile devices.
- Online authorization is provided by:
- • assigned requisites of Court Administration;
- • E-signature, eID card;
- • Internet bank.
(read more about this project).
More about the CEPEJ Innovation Centre


Improvements to the CEPEJ-STAT database

CEPEJ interactive database (CEPEJ-STAT) was launched last October together with the 2016 CEPEJ Report on Evaluation of European judicial systems. You can find the link to CEPEJ-STAT on the left side of this page; it contains various data on judicial systems of Council of Europe Member states / entities and observers. Presently CEPEJ-STAT front page were refreshed and slightly reorganised to better suit user needs. Additionally, the following upgrades were made:
- a new dashboard “Explorer by question number” was created to analyse CEPEJ data by question number as presented in the Evaluation scheme;
- the existing dashboard on “Qualitative data” was extracted from dashboard; “Quantitative data” and presented separately to enhance its visibility and
- a version of the Overview for mobile telephone was created.
Access the CEPEJ-STAT database


Round table on “The role of judicial experts in courts” - Rabat (Morocco), 21 April 2017

This round table, organised jointly by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Ministry of Justice, was the opportunity for about 25 participants (from the Ministry of Justice, the pilot courts, the Higher Judicial Institute, the Moroccan National Council of judicial experts and the Moroccan National Federation of judicial experts) to have an exchange of views with experts of the CEPEJ and of the European Expertise and Expert Institute (EEEI) on issues linked to the judicial expertise in Morocco, in view to identify possible solutions.
Programme (in French only)

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CEPEJ court coaching mission to Morocco - 19 and 20 April 2017

A mixed team of CEPEJ and Moroccan experts went to Casablanca, Rabat, Fès and Marrakech for a series of interviews with representatives of 8 pilots courts (Courts of Appeal of Casablanca and Rabat, Courts of First Instance of El Jadida, Fès, Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Oujda, and the Administrative Tribunal of Rabat), in the framework of the follow-up of the projects, which were launched in these courts. In addition the CEPEJ experts met with representatives of the Ministry of Justice to discuss the “thematic report based on the visits of the Moroccan pilot courts during 2012-2016” (synthesis in the fields of case processing timeframes and quality of judicial services). This mission was also aimed at starting two new projects with the Courts of Appeal of Fès and Marrakech. For the first time, one of these projects will focus on the implementation of the CEPEJ guidelines for prosecutors in the field of case processing timeframes.
Mission’s programme (in French only)

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Supporting the development of information technology in the field of justice in Kosovo*

Under the KoSEJ Action "Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Kosovo*", which is part of the programme entitled "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, a CEPEJ expert went to Pristina on 2 -3 May 2017 to pursue the work to improve the collection and analysis of judicial statistics in Kosovo* by supporting the development of the new case management information system (CMIS), in accordance with the CEPEJ methodology and in particular the Guidelines on how to drive change towards Cyberjustice, adopted by the CEPEJ in December 2016. This activity is a follow-up to two previous visits in November 2016 and February 2017. During this additional mission, the CEPEJ expert met with some of the beneficiaries in the Kosovo Judicial Council and the Ministry of Justice to discuss the importance of developing a long-term strategy to drive change towards cyberjustice which would support the sustainable development and use of information technology and ultimately improve the efficiency and quality of justice. The KoSEJ Action also organized a roundtable entitled “Justice with no paper” in cooperation with the ICT-CMIS Project to present the Cyberjustice Guidelines and to discuss with administrative staff from all basic courts the key role of future users in the development and implementation of such an information system.
* 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.

More information about the Project

Call for applications for the Council of Europe Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” for innovative practices contributing to the efficiency and quality of justice

The Council of Europe is organising the 9th edition of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize.
The aim of the prize is to identify and promote innovative practices regarding the conduct of proceedings, court organisation and the functioning of court systems in general. To be eligible for consideration, the practices nominated must have been implemented recently and they should be easily usable by other States or jurisdictions. Their efficiency must be measurable. The 2017 competition is open to courts, Bar Associations, non-governmental organisations and any other bodies dealing with judicial affairs in a member State of the Council of Europe or an observer State to the CEPEJ*. Applications must meet the eligibility criteria as specified in the Rules of the Prize, and be submitted to the Council of Europe (cepej@coe.int), preferably electronically, by 15 June 2017. The Prize awarding ceremony will take place in Edinburgh (Scotland) on 27 October 2017 in the framework of the European Day of Justice.
More information about the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize

* Holly See, Canada, Mexico USA, Japan, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia


 

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