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The CEPEJ expert group entrusted with the evaluation of the collection of statistical data to visit Estonia

The CEPEJ group of experts in charge of the evaluation of the collection of judicial statistical data will carry out a mission to Estonia on 14 and 15 April 2014, during which they will meet inter alia with the State Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Justice. The experts will analyse the functioning of the Estonian judicial system and the reforms underway, in particular the creation of a national database, the computerisation of courts, and the data collecting process in view of the use of the data for stastistical purposes, as well as the issue of legal aid.

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Meeting of the Groupe de pilotage of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management

The meeting of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management took place in Strasbourg, on 10 and 11 April 2014. The group examined the comments and implementation examples of the guidelines for judicial time management as well as the definition of targets for judicial timeframes. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Jordan assisted to the meeting of the Group, in the framework of the Council of Europe – European Union Joint Programme entitled “Support to the Jordanian authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Jordanian justice system“ as well as representatives from the Ministry of Justice and freedom of Morocco, in the framework of the Council of Europe – European Union Joint Programme entitled "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood", financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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Study visit of justice professionals and officials from the first instance court of Tunis to the Regional Court of Avignon

In the framework of the Council of Europe – European Union Joint Programme entitled "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood", six justice professionals and officials from the First instance court of Tunis will carry out a study visit to the Regional Court of Avignon on 31 March and 1 April 2014 on based on a programme drawn up by the the President of that Court, Mr Gilles Accomando. On this occasion, the Tunisian delegation will explore the daily functioning of management techniques recommended in the project sheets drafted with the CEPEJ experts in the framework of the above-mentioned Joint Programme: the registration and preparation of civil cases for trial, the registration and flow of criminal cases,and the preparation and use of scoreboards. A Conference-debate, open to justice professionals, officials and lawyers, will be held on the theme “Transformation of justice systems in Europe: a comparative approach” by Mr Jean-Paul Jean, President of the CEPEJ Working Group on the Evaluation of Judicial Systems.
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Meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on Quality of Justice (GT-QUAL)

The CEPEJ Working Group on Quality of Justice will hold its next meeting in Strasbourg on 3 and 4 April 2014. The group will discuss guidelines for the organisation and accessibility of court premises, the role of experts in the quality of judicial systems and indicators for measuring the quality of justice.
Draft agenda


A complete training kit is available in French and Arabic for the Moroccan courts

In the framework of the Council of Europe – European Union Joint Programme entitled "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood", the CEPEJ has published the necessary tools and materials for the Moroccan correspondents entrusted with providing training to improve efficiency of the judicial system. Eight powerpoint presentations on judicial statistics, judicial timeframes and the quality of justice, complemented by practical exercises as well as a 2 hours 50 minute video, will enable Moroccan courts, as well as courts from other French and Arabic speaking countries, to benefit from this training concept to improve the functioning of their system.
Training kit (in French)


Launching of the « Crystal Scales of Justice » Prize – submit your candidature

Are you a representative of a court, a Bar Association or an association of legal professionals or any other entity responsible for justice affairs in one of the Council of Europe’s member or observer States? Have you implemented an innovative practice aimed at improving the quality of justice in your country? Please present your project or initiative and take part in the 2014 edition of the Council of Europe “Crystal Scales of Justice” Prize before 15 June 2014.
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Peer evaluation mission to Israel

A delegation composed of CEPEJ experts and Secretariat representatives went to Israel from 23 to 24 March 2014 to visit various legal institutions and discuss the statistical data the CEPEJ has received under its evaluation scheme. As a CEPEJ Observer, Israel is participating in the biennial evaluation of the functioning of its judicial system. Ms Tzipi Livni, Ministry of Justice of Israel, and Mr Justice Asher Grunis, President of the Supreme court will meet with the CEPEJ delegation.
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Judicial delegation of Jordan carrying out a study visit to Bologna and Turin

A delegation representing the judiciary of Jordan, as well as CEPEJ experts and members of the Secretariat, will visit Bologna and Turin (Italy), in the framework of the Council of Europe – EU Joint Programme entitled “Support to the Jordanian authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Jordanian justice system », from 25 to 27 March 2014. The study visit will focus on workshops – co-organised with the The Research Institute on Judicial Systems (IRSIG) - on judicial time management, court management, evaluation, case flow and satisfaction surveys and on the discovering of the functional of the First instance court of Turin.
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2014 Justice Scoreboard

The European Commission's 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard brings together data concerning the efficiency, quality and independence of the Justice systems of the member States of the European Commission. This data has been essentially provided by the CEPEJ. The European Commission's 2014 Scoreboard focuses on litigious civil and commercial cases and administrative cases.
EU 2014 Justice Scoreboard


The 12th CEPEJ Newsletter has been published

The 12th CEPEJ newsletter is about the CEPEJ co-operation activities in the framework of the joint programmes "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood" (Morocco and Tunisia) and "Support to the Jordanian authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Jordanian justice system", financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
12th CEPEJ Newsletter


Training session for Tunisian courts on management techniques

CEPEJ members and experts will go to Tunis on 18 and 19 February 2014 to carry out a training sesion on court management techniques. EachTunisian jurisdiction will be represented by a team composed mainly of its President, its Prosecutor, the head of the court's clerks and its computer scientist. The teams will be divided into workshops and will concentrate on the drawing up, in real time, of justice dashboards. The second day will be devoted to improving the dynamic management of Tunisian courts. The event is being organised within the framework of the programme on “Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood" (Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan)”, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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Second exchange of views on the draft organic laws on the Higher Council of Judicial Power and on the status of judges in Morocco

A delegation of experts from the CEPEJ, the CCJE and the Venice Commission will exchange views with the Directorate of Law at the Ministry of justice and freedom of Morocco on 6 February 2014 in Paris. They will continue their discussions on the two drafts on organic laws on the Higher Council of Judicial Power and on the status of judges and European reference standards. A first meeting took place in Rabat on 8 January 2014.
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New programme to be launched on “Increasing the efficiency of the Albanian justice system (CEPEJ), in line with European standards”

The first visit to Albania of CEPEJ experts and members of the Secretariat in the framework of the programme entitled “Increase the efficiency of the Albanian justice system (CEPEJ), in line with European standards”, will take place from 27 to 30 January 2014. During this first visit, the CEPEJ experts will meet the representatives of the Albanian authorities, judiciary and other international organisations, in order to define the detailed work plan to support the implementation of the Justice Reform Strategy in Albania. The programme is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. It aims to assist the judicial authorities in improving the efficiency and quality of the public service of justice available to the Albanian public by the court system in line with European standards. The programme will run for 2 years.


Launching of Council of Europe - European Union Joint Programme in Jordan

The respective launching event and first steering committee meeting of the Council of Europe - European Union Joint Programme entitled “Support to the Jordanian authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Jordanian justice system” will be held in Amman, on 29 January 2014. The first actions of this Programme will be an assessment by CEPEJ of the functioning of the Jordanian justice system, followed advice on capacity-building measures to be implemented primarily in the three pilot courts designated, namely the First Instance Court in Amman, the First Instance Court in Madaba and the Sahab Magistrate Court.

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Revised Guidelines on the creation of judicial maps to support access to justice within a quality judicial system

At its last plenary meeting, the CEPEJ adopted its Guidelines on the creation of judicial maps. This document is a framework by which administrators may take operational decisions concerning the design of the judicial maps, identifying in particular the factors that should be taken into account when deciding the size and location of courts.
Guidelines on the creation of judicial maps to support access to justice within a quality judicial system


The CEPEJ is publishing updated guidelines for judicial time management

The CEPEJ SATURN Guidelines for judicial time management have been updated. Such an update is carried out every 5 years to take into account developments and reforms in the field of court management. The Guidelines, which were first published in 2008, contain calculation sheets which can be used directly by national court management bodies and which make it possible to draw up statistics in the field of case management.
Guidelines for judicial time management


The CEPEJ is launching a study on the role of experts in European judicial systems

The Network of CEPEJ pilot courts has been invited to work on the role of experts in judicial procedures. A questionnaire on the experience of courts in their relations with judicial experts and on the role and status of experts has been drawn up in this framework. The collected data will serve as a basis for the preparation of a study on the role of experts in European judicial systems. This forms part of the work carried out by the CEPEJ Working group on quality of justice (CEPEJ-GT-QUAL).
Questionnaire on the experience of courts in their relation with judicial experts and on the role and status of experts


CEPEJ experts will meet in Rabat for their first exchange of views on the draft organic laws on the Higher Council of Judicial Power and on the status of judges

A delegation of CEPEJ, CCJE and Venice Commission experts will meet the representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Freedoms of the Kingdom of Morocco on 8 January 2014, for a first exchange of views on the two draft organic laws on the the Higher Council of Judicial Power and on the status of judges and European reference standards. The two organic laws have been drafted in conformity with Title VII of the new Constitution of the Kingdom of Morocco which was adopted in July 2011.


Call for candidature for the main event of the European Day of justice in 2014 and inventory of the events organised by the Council of Europe member States in 2013

 The countries wishing to submit their application for the organisation of the main event of the European Day of Justice in 2014, during which the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize will be awarded to the selected projects, are invited to inform the Secretariat of the CEPEJ. The European Day of Justice is celebrated each year around the 25 October. It aims to bring justice closer to citizens, to inform them on their rights and to to promote the work of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe in the field of civil justice, through simulation of procedures and information sessions. This day is open to all european citizens, students and professionals working in the justice field. In 2013, 13 countries organised open days, simulations of procedures, training days, conferences, etc.
Inventory of the events organised by country for the 2013 EDCJ
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A comparative analysis of the functioning of judicial systems of the member States of the European Union 

Hélène Jorry (Expert on European Union law and Associate expert in the CEPEJ) and Jean-Paul Jean (Advocate General at the Court of Cassation, Associate Professor at the University of Poitiers and President of the CEPEJ Working group on the evaluation of judicial systems) looked into the analysis of judicial systems of the member States of the European Union, by comparing the data of the 28 member States and candidate States contained in the CEPEJ database.
Report on Judicial systems of the European Union countries


 

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