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The news... (24/02/2015)


The CEPEJ experts will go on mission to Rabat on 23 February 2015

The CEPEJ experts will go on mission to Rabat on 23 February 2015 in the framework of the joint programme “Towards a Strengthened democratic gouvernance in the South of the Mediterranean” financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. They will meet representatives of the Ministry of Justice, in particular to discuss the implementation of the programme concerning satisfaction surveys to be carried out in the courts.
More information about the programme (in French)


Launch of the 2014-2016 CEPEJ evaluation cycle

The Working Group on the Evaluation of European Judicial Systems will launch the next CEPEJ evaluation cycle at its meeting on 19 and 20 February 2015 in Paris. This cycle will concern 2014 data and is to be published in 2016. The Working Group will also discuss possible developments as regards the data collection system, the implementation of requests for peer evaluations, and the cooperation programmes led by the CEPEJ.
Draft agenda


Project “Support to the Efficiency of Justice” in Albania: Court coaching, in depth training and assessment

In the framework of the joint project "Support to the Efficiency of Justice - SEJ", financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, the week has been devoted to:

- Court Coaching Programme:
The third round of the Court Coaching Programme on 15 SATURN Priority Guidelines and quality tools was conducted on 11 and 12 February 2015 in the initial courts where they discussed the Court Coaching Reports and selected recommendations contained in the report, in order to start with their implementation. Follow-up meetings will take place to continue with the monitoring of implementation of the selected guidelines, while extending the court coaching programme to all Albanian courts.
- Training at the School of Magistrates on CEPEJ tools on efficiency and quality:
A one-day training course for the professors/trainers at the School of Magistrates, the inspectors of the High Court of Justice and the Ministry of Justice was delivered on 13 February 2015. This training course on the CEPEJ tools on the efficiency and quality of justice and court management issues has been organised in cooperation with the School of Magistrates.

Programme of the training day
- In depth assessment report on the Albanian Judicial System:
The draft report providing an in-depth assessment of the Albanian judicial system was presented on 12 February 2015 in Tirana. The report is the result of comprehensive desk research using the data (year 2012) provided by Albanian authorities for the preparation of the latest CEPEJ report on the European Judicial Systems (2014 edition). It also takes into account the findings and recommendations identified by the court coaching assessment reports of the CEPEJ experts during 2013-2014, along with the feedback and opinions of the Albanian stakeholders. The report will be finalised and disseminated to Albanian beneficiaries during the month of March 2015.
More information about the project


Workshop on the collection and analyses of judicial statistics for policy-making purposes

A workshop to present the report on “How to build a system that will turn data into actionable knowledge and proactively prevent delays in courts” will take place in Tirana on 9 February 2015. The workshop is organised within the framework of the joint project “Support to the Efficiency of Justice – SEJ”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. Participants of the workshop will discuss the methods for quantitative assessment and management capacities of judicial systems and courts, using a number of international and national indices and data. This report is an outcome of the workshop on improving the collection and analysis of judicial statistics for policy making purposes, conducted in Albania in November 2014.

More information about the project


Roundtable on individual evaluation of judges, Tirana, Albania

On 30 January 2015, a roundtable to present the report on the Individual Evaluation of Judges in Albania will be organised in cooperation with EURALIUS IV in the framework of the joint project “Support to the Efficiency of Justice – SEJ”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The Report is a result of the comprehensive desk research, interviews and discussions with the Albanian judges, national authorities and international organisations. It provides an analysis of the current system in Albania in the light of international standards and evaluation systems assessed in other Council of Europe member States and makes recommendations on how to improve the system in line with the CCJE Opinion no 17 (2014) on the evaluation of judges’ work, the quality of justice and respect for judicial independence.
More information about the project


The CEPEJ is organising a session to train its new experts on how to use its tools

In order to cope with the growing demand for CEPEJ experts, particularly in the framework of the implementation of cooperation programmes, the CEPEJ will organise the first training sessions for its new experts on 4th February in Paris. The training session will be devoted to the experts’ familiarisation with the tools developped by the CEPEJ in order to improve the functioning of judicial systems through an improved management of judicial timeframes, of the quality of procedures and evaluation.
Programme

Tools prepared by the Working Group on the quality of justice (CEPEJ-GT-QUAL), by François Paychère, President of the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL [in French]


Revised SATURN guidelines for judicial time management – now applicable to prosecutors

The SATURN Guidelines for judicial time management have been revised and are henceforth also applicable to prosecutors. A specific part has been devoted to this target group which concerns mainly the investigation stage of the criminal procedure. This development is the result of a reflection process by the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) about the scope of the Guidelines.

SATURN guidelines for judicial time management


Assessment mission in Albania: “Improving the communication between the judiciary and media”

An assessment mission of two international experts in the framework of the European Union / Council of Europe joint project “Support to Efficiency of Justice – SEJ” took place in Albania on 19 – 20 January 2015. They assessed the current situation in Albania with regard to courts and other justice institutions; current practices of collaboration with the Media and identified areas/issues where assistance is needed. A workshop took place on 20 January aiming at raising awareness on the CoE instruments, such as: the Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation (2003)13, the CCJE Opinions no.12 and no. 7 and the CCPE Opinion no. 8.

More information about the Projet "Support to Efficiency of Justice - SEJ" in Albania


Publication of the CEPEJ guidelines on the organisation and accessibility of court premises

The CEPEJ guidelines on the organisation and accessibility of court premises provide a reference framework to administrators and decision-makers for the construction of new court premises or the conversion of older buildings. These guidelines apply to all branches of justice and indentify the factors to be taken into account when building and adjusting court premises : inter alia the delivery of high quality justice, reception of court users, the existence of satisfying working conditions for court staff and security.
Guidelines on the organisation and accessibility of court premises


The CEPEJ publishes Guidelines on the role of experts in judicial proceedings

The CEPEJ guidelines on the role of experts provide a reference framework as regards the role of a court appointed technical experts during the judicial decision process. They concern the legislator, ministries, judges and all parties to a lawsuit. They recall and define the basic principles concerning this function in the European judicial systems and clarify the legal interpretation and application of the law concerning the work of those experts applicable to all areas of law - civil, criminal and administrative. The guidelines have been adopted at the CEPEJ 24th plenary meeting on 11 and 12 December 2014.
Guidelines on the role of court-appointed experts in judicial proceedings of Council of Europe’s Member States


CEPEJ mission to Croatia on 13 and 14 January 2015

 A group of CEPEJ experts will go to Croatia in the framework of the co-operation programme « Improving the quality and efficiency of the judicial system through infrastructure development and better court management" financed by the Norway grants. The mission will consist in a visit of the Court of Karlova by the CEPEJ group of experts on 13 January 2015, followed by a meeting at the Ministry of Justice of Zagreb in view to discuss the action plan for the implementation of the SATURN judicial management tools developed by the CEPEJ.
Agenda


CEPEJ - Global Forum on Enforcement and 24th plenary meeting

The 24th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ took place on 11 and 12 December 2014 in Strasbourg. The Guidelines on the organisation and accessibility of court premises, on the role of technical experts in judicial proceedings, and on judicial time management have been adopted. The CEPEJ members also discussed the follow-up to the 2014 Report on the Evaluation of Judicial Systems. In addition, the CEPEJ elected its new President, Georg Stawa (Austria). The plenary meeting of the CEPEJ has been preceded by the Global Forum on Enforcement, jointly organised with the International Union of Judicial Officers, on 10 December 2014 in the main building (Palais) of the Council of Europe.
Meeting report

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Agenda of the Global Forum on enforcement
Picture gallery of the Global Forum on enforcement

Special file Global Forum on enforcement


 

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