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The news... (21/09/2016)


Meeting of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management and of the Network of CEPEJ pilot courts

The 20th CEPEJ SATURN Working group meeting on judicial time management started on 20 September and will be pursued on 22 September in Strasbourg. The group will examine the draft Handbook for the implementation of European judicial timeframes. They will also assess the situation in the training programmes underway in Greece and France in the field of judicial timeframes management. On 21 September the members of the Group will participate in the meeting of the CEPEJ Network of Pilot Courts, during which the new CEPEJ tools currently under preparation will be discussed.
Agenda of the meeting of the SATURN Centre for judicial timeframes management
Agenda of the meeting of the Network of pilot courts


Save the date ! Publication of the CEPEJ 2016 report /Press conference on 6 October in Paris

The Council of Europe will be making public the 2016 report (data from 2014) of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on Thursday 6 October at 11 am, at a press conference in its Paris office (55 Avenue Kléber, 16th arrondissement, métro Boissière). The President of the CEPEJ, Georg Stawa, and the Chair of the Working Group on the evaluation of judicial systems, Jean-Paul Jean, will outline the trends and key data in this CEPEJ report.

 

This study contains an analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data gathered in 45 of the Council of Europe’s member states and Israel concerning the budgets of the judicial systems, justice professionals, the organisation of judicial systems and the effectiveness and quality of the public justice service delivered to users. Accreditation imperative by 4 October 2016.

 

 


Strengthening the effectiveness and quality of justice in Albania - launching visit of a new project (“SEJ II”) on 14 and 15 September 2016

Representatives of the CEPEJ from the Justice and Legal Cooperation Department of the Council of Europe visited Albania (Tirana) and had a meeting with the Minister of Justice, Mr Ylli Manjani, the Chief Inspector of the High Council of Justice, Ms Marsida Xhaferllari, the President of the Supreme Court, Mr Xhezair Zaganjori, the Head of the School of Magistrates, Mr Sokol Sadushi and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Albania, as well as representatives of USAID and OSCE. This visit opened up discussions about the activities that will be implemented as part of this new project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, which is part of the Council of Europe/European Union Joint Programme entitled “Horizontal facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey".
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Inception mission in the framework of the Project "Horizontal facility for Western Balkans and Turkey" in Kosovo* on 6 and 7 September 2016

A team from the CEPEJ Secretariat visited Kosovo* (Pristina) to launch the new project entitled "Strengthening the effectiveness and quality of justice in Kosovo*", which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The team had a meeting with the key project partners (Minister of Justice, Council of Justice, Court Presidents), as well as with international actors, to discuss the activities that will be implemented as part of this new project.
* All reference to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo
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First visit of the CEPEJ to Sidi Bouzid and to Gabes (Tunisia)

A CEPEJ team of experts visited Tunisia from 11 to 13 July 2016. The main objective of the mission was to make a first visit in four new pilot courts in Sidi Bouzid and Gabes, to understand their functioning, interact with judicial professionals and clerks about possible improvements, and to present concrete projects proposals for the application of the CEPEJ tools (judicial time management, quality of services, ... ) in these courts. The experts also carried out a follow-up visit to the court of first instance of Kairouan. This mission was organized within the framework of the cooperation programme entitled “Towards a strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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Working Group Meeting on the Development of a Mediation Services Guidebook in Turkey

The Working Group Meeting on the Development of a Mediation Services Guidebook in Turkey took place on 14-15 July 2016 in Ankara. Participants included academicians, mediators from different educational institutions, the Council of Europe CEPEJ expert, Mr Jeremy Tagg, the team of the Mediation Department of the Ministry of Justice of Turkey, the representative of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, the staff of the Mediation Centres in Pilot Court Houses, the technical team of UYAP (Turkish National Judiciary Informatics system; finalist in the 2008 edition of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize), and the Project Team of the Council of Europe. The meeting aimed at developing a “Mediation Services Guidebook” in Turkey, in which the main tools and information for court-annexed mediation services and out-of-court mediation practices will be placed. During the first day of the meeting, the benefits of the Guidebook were presented on the basis of the practices in the United Kingdom, and discussions were held on its content, the actors of the mediation process and mediation forms. During the second day, an initial meeting with UYAP was organised to present the “Mediation Portal” developed by UYAP. The participants gave feedbacks about the portal and the module. In the following meeting with the Mediation Department, views were exchanged regarding the Mediation Helpline, its website, statistic data, how to deal with complaints and satisfaction surveys. The guidebook is expected to be ready in October 2016. This activity was organised within the framework of the cooperation programme between Turkey and the CEPEJ, entitled "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” between Turkey and the CEPEJ, and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Turkey.

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Workshop on designing mediation training in Turkey

A Workshop on designing a training curriculum and modules on mediation took place from 18 to 20 August in Antalya. The general aim of the workshop was to create the modules of the basic Mediation Training Programme in Turkey. Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, academicians, and trainers from different universities, together with the Project Team of the Council of Europe, all participated in the workshop. CoE/CEPEJ experts participated to the first day of the workshop through a video conference. The results of the needs analysis report prepared by the national curriculum development expert, Prof. Dr. Cennet Engin Demir, were presented in the Workshop. A draft curriculum, which was previously prepared with the co-operation of the curriculum expert and the CEPEJ experts, had been reviewed and improved in the Workshop by the participants. During the second and third day of the Workshop, national experts discussed the content of the curriculum and worked on modules, training materials and tools for the mediation training. A follow-up Workshop will be organised in September. This activity was organised within the framework of the cooperation programme between Turkey and the CEPEJ, entitled "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” between Turkey and the CEPEJ, and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Turkey.

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The CEPEJ Innovation Centre : a platform for exchanging good practices

The CEPEJ wishes to establish a platform for exchanging best practices, or innovative practices, in European courts, so as to improve their functioning. The CEPEJ invites, in particular the members of its Network of Pilot Courts, to forward to the Secretariat, no later than 15 September 2016, examples of good practices and/or innovative practices that are applied in the courts. Courts wishing to contribute to this dynamic initiative are requested to complete the attached form in English or in French.
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Contact: CEPEJ@coe.int


Consolidation of the training on court management in Azerbaijan and in the Republic of Moldova

A workshop devoted to court management training was held on 27-28 June 2016 in Chisinau, in the Republic of Moldova. Managers and trainers, representing the Justice Academy of Azerbaijan and the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, took an active part in the discussions on the training needs and the way to develop and introduce sustainable courses on efficient court management, including the relevant tools of the CEPEJ. Both judicial training institutions are committed to implement, by the end of 2016, training courses on judicial management for judges and court staff, in order to improve the efficiency and the quality of justice as a public service. This activity was carried out within the Projects "Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan" and "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova", which are both part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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More information about the project "Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan"

More information about the project "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova"


Working Group meeting on conducting satisfaction surveys in the CEPEJ pilot courts of Azerbaijan

On 21-22 June 2016, a Working Group meeting on conducting satisfaction surveys in the CEPEJ pilot courts of Azerbaijan was held in Baku. Representatives of 5 CEPEJ pilot courts took part. These courts will autonomously implement satisfaction surveys by the end of the year. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Legal Council, the Justice Academy, as well as national consultants, also took part in the consultations. Together with the CEPEJ experts and a representative of the State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan, the participants conducted a thorough examination of different aspects of implementing satisfaction surveys in courts, including the surveys’ objectives and methodologies in respect of different target groups (such as lawyers, staff and users). The CEPEJ experts highlighted the challenges of conducting satisfaction surveys at court level, and also provided advice on how to overcome them, based on their experience and on the best practices collected by CEPEJ. This activity was carried out within the Project entitled "Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan", which is part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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Plenary CEPEJ meeting

The 27th CEPEJ plenary meeting took place on 30 June and 1 July. The meeting essentially focused on the adoption of the reports of the 2014-2016 evaluation cycle on the functioning of the European judicial systems, for which the publication is scheduled on 6 October 2016.

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