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The news... (04/05/2016)

Meeting of the national correspondents in charge of collecting statistical data

The meeting of the national correspondents of 46 States, which are in charge of collecting data on the functioning of judicial systems for the CEPEJ took place in Strasbourg on 4 May. This meeting has been held in preparation of the next CEPEJ evaluation report on the European judicial systems. On this occasion, the group examined the draft report on the CEPEJ key data, the specific draft report about courts and the new information technologies, as well as a new data presentation through a dynamic database available on internet.

Meeting of the Working group on evaluation of European judicial systems

The meeting of the CEPEJ Working group on evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) took place in Strasbourg on 2 and 3 May 2016. The aim of this meeting was to prepare the 2016 edition of the evaluation report of the CEPEJ European judicial systems (2014 data). The group examined the draft report on the key data of judicial systems of the 46 States, as well as the specific draft report on courts and the new information technologies. The experts also discussed the new presentation of information through a dynamic database available in internet. This meeting has been followed, on 4 May 2016, by a meeting of national correspondents responsible for the data collection of the CEPEJ judicial systems.


Meeting of the CEPEJ SATURN Group on judicial time management

The 19th meeting of the CEPEJ SATURN group on judicial time management took place on 21 and 22 April 2016 in Strasbourg. The group examined the recent EctHR case-law with regards to the reasonable time criterion and the new version of the implementation Guide on the European timeframes for judicial proceedings. These activities habe been followed by an exchange of views on the directions of the study carried out in 2014 on judicial timeframes in the 2nd and 3rd instance courts. The group also made an inventory of the on-going work, which falls within the framework of the CEPEJ co-operation programmes, as well as of the 2016 court coaching programmes. The afternoon of 22 April 2016 was focused on the co-operation with Morocco.

Mediation : Monitoring visits, Izmir And Bursa Courthouses

Monitoring visits have been organised in Izmir and Bursa Courthouses on 6-8 April 2016, under the Project on Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey. The aim of these visits was to monitor the progress in the application of the mediation scheme in these courthouses, which were designated for piloting this process under the Project. The monitoring delegation was composed of the representatives of the Ministry of Justice Mediation Department and the Directorate General of Legislations as well as of the Council of Europe project team supported by one of the CEPEJ experts. The delegation monitored each and every step of the mediation process, and the roles and functions of mediation actors and stakeholders. In this regard, a general review of practices were discussed and ideas for improvement were shared with pilot judges, mediators, mediation centre and front office staff, lawyers, Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor and with the members of the Justice Commission. The judicial referral process was observed at the level of different courts/judges, which revealed the need for continuous and advanced training for judges. Furthermore, the functioning of the mediation centre and the front office in these courts was examined. By the end of the visit, the CEPEJ expert made a draft evaluation of the practices observed in the two courthouses and shared his ideas and proposals with actors and stakeholders of mediation for further improvement. The CEPEJ expert will soon draft an evaluation report, in line with the CEPEJ standards, which will be shared with all stakeholders in due time.

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2016 edition of the Justice Scoreboard

The European Union's 2016 EU Justice Scoreboard, published by the European Commission, brings together data concerning the efficiency, quality and independence of the Justice systems of the member States of the European Union. The data has been essentially provided through a study carried out by the CEPEJ on the basis of its own methodology for evaluating judicial systems.
Link to the EU 2016 Justice Scoreboard

Recommendations by the CEPEJ experts to the municipal courts of Croatia

A CEPEJ team of experts presented the work it carried out since September 2014 in the Municipal Court of Karlovac to the Presidents of the municipal courts of the central and southern region of Croatia, through two workshops held on 12 and 13 April 2016 in Zagreb and in Split, respectively. These recommendations mainly concern judicial time management, mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the role of judicial experts and the implementation of satisfaction surveys. They have been compiled in a document aimed at facilitating their implementation (the “Guidance Manual”), which has been specifically drafted for these workshops. These two first workshops have been followed by a third one which will cover the Eastern region of Croatia (Slavonia), in Osijek on 24 May 2016.


Publication of an analysis on the satisfaction survey of Albanian court users

A number of satisfaction surveys, which are aimed at court users, have been conducted in 10 Albanian courts. The outcome was the production of recommendations from the CEPEJ team of experts in order to outline an action plan which improves the quality of public service of justice and courts. The satisfaction surveys are an essential tool for the assessment of courts’ functioning and policies’ direction. These surveys have been carried out in the framework of the joint programme “Increase the efficiency of the Albanian justice system, in line with the European standards", funded by the European Commission and implemented by the Council of Europe
Analysis of the satisfaction survey for court users of 10 Albanian courts
Questionnaire for court users

Training programme for the courts

The CEPEJ team of experts visited the Regional court of Avignon (France) on 30 March 2016. The visit was held under the framework of the court coaching programme for the use of the CEPEJ tools. In particular, the experts assessed the implementation of the SATURN guidelines for judicial time management, on the basis of the data provided, and they worked with the judicial on the construction of indicators concerning the length of proceedings of family matters, which are aimed at all citizens.

The CEPEJ is strengthening its co-operation with Morocco

Since 2012, the CEPEJ is actively implicated in the reform of the judicial system of Morocco. After some former regional programmes, the “Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the tools of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)“, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe aims at improving the functioning of the daily public service of justice ensured by courts for Moroccan citizens, in conformity with the Charter concerning the reform of the judicial system and with the Operational global plan elaborated by the Ministry of Justice for its implementation. In this framework, a meeting took place with the team of CEPEJ experts and the representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Freedom and of the Higher Council of Magistrates of Morocco in Rabat on 30 March and 1 April 2016. This meeting has been followed by an exchange with the representatives of the administrative Court of Rabat and of the Court of Appeal of Rabat concerning the CEPEJ report on judicial timeframes and quality.

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