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17th meeting of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management

The SATURN Centre for judicial time management will hold its 17th meeting in Strasbourg on 30 and 31 March 2015. The members of the group will work in particular on the definition of targets for judicial timeframes, they will finalise the update of the comments and examples of implementation of guidelines on judicial time management, as well as update the existing “Study of the length of proceedings in the Appeal and Supreme courts”. The meeting will be followed by a session devoted to the CEPEJ’s co-operation programme with Albania for which the group will be joined by representatives of the Albanian pilot partner courts.
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Mission to Croatia to examine court management practices

A 3rd meeting with the judicial authorities of Croatia concerning new measures related to court management practices will take place in Karlovac on 26 March 2015. The CEPEJ representatives will discuss an Action Plan and concrete recommendations regarding timeframes for civil proceedings, mediation and conciliation. This activity is part of the Cooperation Programme between Croatia and the CEPEJ funded by the EEA/orway Grants.

3rd Steering Committee meeting in Jordan

CEPEJ experts and representatives of the Secretariat will travel to Amman from 24 to 26 March to meet Ministry of Justice officials, representatives of the Bar Association, the Judicial Council, the Judicial institute, as well as representatives from CEPEJ pilot courts and magistrates. The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Joint Programme entitled: "Support to the Jordanian authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Jordanian justice system", funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The CEPEJ and the Venice Commission are contributing to this Programme. The 3rd meeting of the Steering Committe of the project will take place on 25 March 2015.

Intervention of the CEPEJ at the Klapperstein meetings

At the invitation of the Bar Association of Mulhouse (France), the University of Haute Alsace and the Regional court of Strasbourg, the CEPEJ made a presentation in the framework of "The Klapperstein meetings” which are entitled "Dear Justice" this year, on 19 March 2015 in Mulhouse, France. The event was devoted to issues concerning the financing and cost of justice, on the basis in particular of the most recent CEPEJ evaluation report of European judicial systems. Lawyers, judges, professors and law students made up the audience.

The CEPEJ Working group on quality of justice will meet on 16 and 17 April 2015

The CEPEJ Working group on quality of justice will hold its 17th meeting on 16 and 17 April 2015. The group will pursue its work in the field of the Judge’s virtual office and computerised systems as support to the court’s work. The group will in particular assist in a hearing conducted through an innovative system of virtual office at the Regional Court of Saverne. It will also pursue its work in the field of enforcement of justice decisions and effective appeal. Finally, the group will take stock of the advancement of the work of the drawing up of a Handbook on access to justice in Europe, which is the result of the co-operation between the CEPEJ and the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
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Workshop on European Mediation Practices and Review of Turkish mediation Training Programmes

The first workshop under the third component of the Project “Developing mediation practices in civil disputes in Turkey“ was organised in Ankara on 11-14 March 2015 with the participation of nearly 70 national and international experts. The first two days of the workshop were dedicated to the presentations of mediation practices in Europe. National academicians and experts from Universities of Hacettepe, Çankaya and Istanbul Sehir discussed and further elaborated on the shortcomings and needs of the current Mediation Training Programmes in Turkey and submitted proposals for a model mediation training programme. On the last two days of the workshop, participants were divided into 4 groups to focus on training modules on Law, Psychology, Dispute Resolution and Mediation. The workshop ended with a plenary session during which each group reported their findings, and afterwards a general evaluation was made with the contribution of all participants.
Press interview on mediation in Turkey - Hurriyet Daily News of 16 March 2015

Call for applications for the Council of Europe Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” for innovative practices contributing to the quality of justice

The Council of Europe is organising the award of the annual Crystal Scales of Justice Prize. It is the 8th time that this prize will be awarded. The aim of the prize is to identify and promote innovative practices regarding the conduct of proceedings, court organisation and the functioning of court systems in general. To be eligible for consideration, the practices nominated must have been implemented recently and they should be easily usable by other States or jurisdictions. Their efficiency must be measurable. The 2015 competition is open to courts, Bar Associations, non-governmental organisations and any other body dealing with judicial affairs in a member State of the Council of Europe or an observer State to the CEPEJ. Applications must meet the eligibility criteria as specified in the Rules of the Prize, and be submitted to the Council of Europe, preferably electronically, by 12 June 2015.
Contact: cepej@coe.int
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Tribute to Bernard Menut

The CEPEJ empathises with the bereavement of the family and with the sadness of the members of the profession of judicial officer and of the UIHJ. We will remember him as an enthousiast and highly engaged expert for the development of the profession of judicial officer in Europe and in the world.

Discussion between CEPEJ experts and the Minister of Justice of Tunisia

During their mission to Tunisia on 2-4 March 2015, CEPEJ experts met with the Minister of Justice of Tunisia, Mr Mohamed Salah Ben Aissa. The meeting took place within the framework of the co-operation programme entitled “Towards strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean”, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, which started in January 2015. The Minister of Justice expressed his wish to generalise the pilot initiatives led by the CEPEJ in a limited number Tunisian pilot courts since 2012 more widely in the country. The CEPEJ experts also animated a training session for the Pilot courts, organised in co-operation with the Tunisian High Institute for Magistrates, on “The procedures: preparation for trial – compared experiences”. A first visit to the First instance court of Kairouan, as well as a Round Table with representatives of the pilot courts, were organised. The aim was to take stock of the co-operation activities organised from 2012 to 2014 under the so-called “South Programme 1”, and to agree upon the priorities for the 2015-2017 period under the current “South Programme 2” project, also financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
Programme of the mission
Programme of the training session

Press release published by the Ministry of Justice of Tunisia

CEPEJ activities in Tunisia [fr]

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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.
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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.
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