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The news... (21/09/2017)


Meeting of the Working Group on evaluation of European judicial systems

The Working Group on evaluation of European judicial systems will meet in Venice, Italy, from 27 to 28 September 2017. The members of the Working Group will review the data collection and analysis for the drafting of the the 2018 edition of the biannual report "Efficiency and quality of justice - European judicial systems". They will also discuss the CEPEJ annual survey for the European Commission (Justice Scoreboard), as well as the peer evaluation missions held in Cyprus and Georgia. The Council of the Notaries of the European Union (CNUE) will present to the Working Group its contribution to the CEPEJ Specific study on the legal professions.
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 Peer Review Mission to Georgia

A team of experts from the CEPEJ visited Tbilisi, Georgia, on 19 and 20 September at the request of the Georgian authorities as part of an evaluation mission of the judicial system. On this occasion, the experts had a meeting with the Minister of Justice, Mrs Tea Tsulukiani and the President of the Supreme Court, Mrs Nino Gvenetadze as well as all those involved in the collection of data for the CEPEJ. The team also visited the Department of Statistics and Analysis of the Supreme Court.
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Launch of CEPEJ satisfaction surveys in Kosovo* courts

With the support of a CEPEJ expert, a seminar aimed at the Kosovo Judicial Council, the courts, the Ministry of Justice and the Kosovo Bar Association took place on 12 September in Pristina to promote the use and methodology to implement satisfaction surveys according to the CEPEJ “Handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys for courts users”. These surveys contribute to the evaluation and improvement of the quality of the services offered by courts. On 13 September, the expert also met with the Court Presidents of the Basic Courts of Gjakova and Prizren to start working on the launch, for the first time in Kosovo, of CEPEJ surveys in these two pilot courts. The Handbook as well as the model questionnaires for court users and lawyers contained therein have been translated into the two local languages, Albanian and Serbian. This activity took place 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.

* 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.
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Closing ceremony and last Steering Committee Meeting of the Project on "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey"

The Minister of Justice, Mr. Abdulhamit GÜL and His Excellence Ambassador Lars WAHLUND, Ambassador of Sweden to Turkey, honored us with their presence at the closing ceremony of the project "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey", implemented by the Council of Europe and financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Turkey. The ceremony took place in Ankara on 13 September 2017 in the morning. The project, which started in December 2014, has helped to develop and ensure the sustainability and monitoring of the models and practices of mediation developed by the CEPEJ. The afternoon has been devoted to the last Steering Committee meeting, in the future of mediation in Turkey after the end of the project has been discussed, along with the final closing modalities.
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Harmonisation of the definitions used by the CEPEJ

The CEPEJ has set up an Ad Hoc Working Group to harmonise the definitions used in the various documents published by CEPEJ to ensure that they are applied uniformly within the Member States. A general glossary should be prepared specifying in particular the various qualitative and quantitative indicators used in the CEPEJ evaluation exercise or in its work on quality or timeframes. It will also contain broader definitions of the functioning of justice. Each definition mentioned will specify the documents in which it appears, thus making this glossary a useful bibliographic tool for those wishing to know or refer to the work of the CEPEJ.

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Meeting of the SATURN Center for the management of judicial time and the Network of Pilot Courts of the CEPEJ

The 22nd meeting of the SATURN Working Group on judicial time management took place on 5 and 7 September 2017 in Kristiansand (Norway). The group examined several new study projects, including the management of judicial time regulations for criminal cases under Articles 5 and 6 of the ECHR and the impact of lawyers' behavior on the length of judicial proceedings. The group examined the updating of the analysis of judicial timeframes in the Council of Europe member states on the basis of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Study on judicial timeframes in 2nd and highest instance (2014 data). Furthermore, the members of the Working Group attended the meeting of the CEPEJ pilot courts, which is also held in Kristiansand on 6 September 2017. They discussed the impact of European timeframes for judicial proceedings and participate to the workshops on juridictions’ activity dashboards and to the evaluation of the complexity of the cases.
Agenda of the meeting of the pilot courts
Agenda of the SATURN Working Group


Mediation Ethics Workshop in Turkey

Within the framework of the Project entitled "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey", a Mediation Ethics Workshop has been organized in Antalya on 16-17 August 2017. The stakeholders of mediation including the members of the Mediation Board, academicians, national and international CEPEJ experts have elaborated the current Ethic Rules and Code of Conduct for Mediators in Turkey, and introduced revisions and additions in the framework of European Code of Conduct and Ethic Rules for Mediators as well as other instruments and directives on mediation.
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Mediation Ethics Workshop in Turkey

Within the framework of the Project entitled "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey", a Mediation Ethics Workshop has been organized in Antalya on 16-17 August 2017. The stakeholders of mediation including the members of the Mediation Board, academicians, national and international CEPEJ experts have elaborated the current Ethic Rules and Code of Conduct for Mediators in Turkey, and introduced revisions and additions in the framework of European Code of Conduct and Ethic Rules for Mediators as well as other instruments and directives on mediation.
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Strategy Workshop II on Mediation Services in Turkey on 19-20 July 2017

The second workshop on the development of the Strategic Road Map/Action Plan for mediation services is being held in Antalya on 19-20 July 2017. The aim is to develop the “Five-Year Action Plan” for the Ministry of Justice to ensure the sustainability of the models and practices developed under 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. The stakeholders of mediation in Turkey, i.e. the Ministry of Justice, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, pilot judges, mediators and academics worked in three working groups on “Legislation, Training, Court Referred Mediation-Awareness” with the aim of addressing the current needs to foster the development of mediation. The groups are supported by a National Strategy expert and by a CEPEJ expert.
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Mission of CEPEJ experts to support increased efficiency and quality of the Latvian judicial system

A team of CEPEJ experts conducted a fact-finding mission to Latvia from 4 to 6 July 2017, in view of an evaluation of the Latvian judicial system. The mission launched the the co-operation between the CEPEJ and Latvian Court Administration, which is part of the project “Justice for Growth”, financed by the European Social Fund. Latvian authorities actively implement reforms of the justice sector, in the fields of the selection procedure of candidates, optimisation of the court map, simplification of judicial proceedings and enhancing the use of ICT. CEPEJ experts conducted discussions with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, of the Court Administration, of the Council for the Judiciary, of the Judicial Disciplinary, of the Qualifications and Ethics Committees, of the Judicial Training Centre, judges’ associations etc. They visited the Supreme Court of Latvia and Riga Regional Court. Based on the methodology and tools developed by the CEPEJ, the expert team will draw up an evaluation report including detailed recommendations on the way to further improve the independence of the judiciary, the efficiency of Latvian courts and the quality of their services.
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