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16th meeting of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management and 9th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ pilot courts

The members of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management will meet in Strasbourg on 15 and 17 October 2014. They will discuss the collection of data on timeframes for civil, criminal and administrative proceedings from the CEPEJ pilot courts, with which they will meet on 16 October 2014. The members of the CENTRE will examine the possibilities of integrating the guidelines on judicial timeframes for prosecutors, the definition of targets for judicial timeframes and the implementation of standards for timeframes at the European level. In view of the plenary meeting of the Pilot courts, the members of the Group will have an exchange of views on ways to reduce excessive workloads in the courts, and as regards the programmes to support courts in Council of Europe member States. Practical workshops will be organised in the pilot courts aiming to guarantee the application of good practices as from 2015 in the courts, in particular standards of judicial timeframes, management of judicial experts and the organisation and accessibility of courts.
Draft agenda of the meeting of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management on 15 and 17 October 2014

Draft agenda of the meeting of the CEPEJ Network of pilot courts on 16 October 2014


CEPEJ mission to Jordan

A team of three CEPEJ experts will travel to Jordan from 16 to 18 September 2014 in the framework of the programme entitled “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. The CEPEJ experts will visit the three Jordan pilot courts – the First instance Court of Amman, the First instance Court of Madaba and the Court of the Judiciary of Sahab – to take stock of the CEPEJ co-operation activities foreseen in the framework of this programme. They will also participate in the second meeting of the Steering Committee of the programme in Amman on 17 September.

Draft programme of the experts' visits

Draft programme of the meeting of the Steering Committee


Negotiated procedure - Drafting of a Handbook on Access to Justice in Europe

In the framework of a Joint Project between the CEPEJ, the European Court of Human Rights (ECthR) and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (thereafter "the FRA"), the FRA intends to launch a negotiated procedure for the drafting of a Handbook on Access to Justice in Europe, which should be a practical guide for judges, prosecutors and legal practitioners involved in litigation, as well as NGOs and other bodies involved in assisting victims in accessing justice. The handbook will contain an analysis of the key principles of access to justice embodied in the relevant EU and Council of Europe instruments and as developed primarily by the Court of Justice of the EU and the ECthR, as well as possible relevant national case law. If you would like to participate in this negotiated procedure, please register before 30 September 2014.
Registration form


Press conference – publication of the CEPEJ Evaluation Report of European Judicial Systems on 9 October

The CEPEJ will publish its 5th Evaluation Report on the functioning of European judicial systems on 9 October 2014. On this occasion, a press conference will be held in the Council of Europe Paris office (55 Avenue Kléber) on 9 October at 11 am in the presence, in particular, of the President of the CEPEJ, Mr John Stacey, and the President of the Working group on Evaluation of Judicial Systems, Mr Jean-Paul Jean. Please contact the press contacts below if you wish to participate in this press conference. A short video presentation of the 2014 Report on the Evaluation of the functioning of European judicial systems will be available for downloading on the Council of Europe website as from 9 am.
Press contacts:
Directorate of Communication in Strasbourg: Estelle.Steiner@coe.int
Council of Europe liaison office in Brussels: Andrew.Cutting@coe.int

CEPEJ: Annette.Sattel@coe.int

More information concerning the evaluation report of the functioning of European judicial systems


European Day of Justice and Crystal Scales Prize awarding ceremony

At the suggestion of the Solicitadores Chamber of Portugal, CEPEJ representatives will celebrate the European Day of Justice at the VIth National Congress of Solicitadores in Aveiro (Portugal), on 16 October 2014, in the presence of the State Secretary of Justice, Mr António Costa Moura. On this occasion, the CEPEJ will award prizes to the initiatives chosen to receive the Crystal Scales, of which the names will be published by the end of September 2014 on the CEPEJ website. Member States are invited to inform the CEPEJ Secretariat about all the events they are organising in the framework of the European Day of Justice (annette.Sattel@coe.int).
More information about the European Day of Civil Justice

More information about the Crystal Scales Prize

Draft programme of the VIth Congress of Solicitadores [fr]


16th meeting of the CEPEJ working group on quality of justice

The 16th meeting of the working group on quality of justice (GT-QUAL) will take place in Strasbourg on 25 and 26 September 2014. The members of the working group should finalise the CEPEJ guidelines on the organisation and accessibility of court premises, as well as the CEPEJ guidelines on the role of experts in the quality of judicial systems. They will also pursue their work on the “Handbook on access to justice in Europe”, in co-operation with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Draft agenda


CEPEJ experts mission to Croatia

The CEPEJ group of experts in charge of the implementation of component II of the programme “ Improving the quality and efficiency of the judicial system through infrastructure development and better management - Improvement of the way cases are handled by the judicial system by applying tried and tested methodologies developed by the CEPEJ” will be in Croatia, for a first study visit, on 2 September 2014.

Powerpoint presentation of the reorganisation of the Croatian judicial system

Powerpoint presentation of the CEPEJ guidelines, studies and evaluation tools

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Peer evaluation at the Swiss Federal Court

Experts from the CEPEJ Working Group on the Evaluation of the Functioning of Judicial Systems (GT-EVAL) will visit the Swiss Federal Court of Lucerne on 4 and 5 September 2014. They will analyse and discuss the latest developments as regards the collection of Swiss data and look at possible further improvements to be made.


The judges and legal assistants of the Constitutional Court and other courts of Albania will be at the Council of Europe on 8 and 9 July

The judges and legal assistants of the Constitutional Court and other courts of Albania will be at the Council of Europe on 8 and 9 July. The aim of the visit is to increase the knowledge of the Convention of the European Court of Human Rights and adjudication of tasks among the judges and staff of these courts. The Albanian judges and legal assistants will also meet representatives of Committees of the Council of Europe such as the Venice Commission, the Department of Execution of Judgments of the Court and the Consultative Committee of European Prosecutors (CCPE) to discuss their work and European standards concerning independence and efficiency of judges. The visit is organised within the framework of the Joint Project of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Support to Efficiency of Justice – SEJ”.
Agenda


23rd CEPEJ plenary meeting

The 23rd CEPEJ plenary meeting took place in Baku, in the framework of the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers by Azerbaijan. The 2014 edition of the CEPEJ report evaluating the functioning of European judicial systems has been adopted at this meeting, before its publication foreseen in autumn. The meeting has been opened by Mr Fikret Mammadov, Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Judicial-Legal Council of Azerbaïjan and Mr Ramiz RZAYEV, President of the Supreme Court of Azerbaïjan.

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Abridged meeting report

Press article from the Newspaper "Respublika" of 2 July 2014 [Azerbaijan]

Opening speech by Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law [French]
Agenda


CEPEJ experts will provide a training session on “alternatives to proceedings negociated procedures” and will meet the Minister of Justice of Tunisia

In the framework of Council of Europe – European Union Joint Programme entitled "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood", CEPEJ is organising a training session for magistrates and lawyers on “alternatives to proceedings and negotiated procedures” on 26 May 2014 in Tunis. During their mission, the CEPEJ experts will furthermore meet meet representatives from the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers and from the CEPEJ pilot courts; that is to say the Court of Cassation, First Instance Courts of Tunis and Zaghouan and the District Court of Zaghouan in order to take stock on the CEPEJ co-operation activities underway. It will be the first time they go to the First Instance court of Nabeul, which has expressed the wish to participate in co-operation with CEPEJ. The Minister of Justice of Human Rights and of Transitional Justice of Tunisia, Mr Hafedh Ben Salah will meet the CEPEJ experts and the representatives of the pilot courts for an exchange of views.
Agenda

Training material (in French):

- Simplified procedures

- Sentence orders

- Examples of activities of jurisdictions


5th visit of CEPEJ experts to Morocco

 A group of CEPEJ experts will go to Rabat, Casablanca and Agadir (Morocco) from 26 to 29 May 2014 in the framework of the Council of Europe – European Union Joint Programme entitled "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood". The objective of this mission is to discuss with the Moroccan Ministry of Justice and Freedom the launching of satisfaction surveys, to obtain feedback on the training programme for CEPEJ Moroccan trainers implemented in Morocco in November 2013 in co-operation with the High Institute of the Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice and the organisation of a new training session. It is also foreseen to discuss the implementation of simplified notification procedures and to envisage implementation of procedures enabling to improve the efficiency in the enforcement of decisions of the administrative courts. The update of the statistical data furnished by the Moroccan authorities concerning the functioning of the judicial system will also be on the agenda of this visit.
Agenda of the meeting

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“EU/COE Support to Efficiency of Justice (SEJ)": European Union – Council of Europe joint Project to be launched on 22 May 2014 in Tirana, Albania

The Council of Europe – European Union Joint Programme entitled “Support to Efficiency of Justice (SEJ)” will be launched officially in Tirana on 22 May 2014 in the presence of the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr Bujar Nishani, the Vice-Minister of Justice, Mr Idlir Peçi, the Director General for enlargement of the European Commission, Mr Christian Danielsson, and Mr Stéphane Leyenberger, Head of the Justice Division of the Council of Europe and executive secretary of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). The project which lasts two years, aims to improve the efficiency and quality of public services of justice delivered to the Albanian litigants through the concrete implementation, in all Albanian courts, of the specific tools and methodology developed by the CEPEJ.

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Agenda of the meeting of the steering committee

Agenda of the launching event
More about the project


25th meeting of the working group on evaluation of judicial systems and 8th meeting of the national correspondents of the CEPEJ

The meeting Working group on the evaluation of judicial systems took place on 14 and 16 May 2014 in Strasbourg. The group examined the draft evaluation report of judicial systems which should be published by the end of September 2014. The meeting of the national correspondents, entrusted with collecting national data, took place on 15 May 2014, in presence of the working group members of the evaluation of judicial systems, to study in depth the draft report, chapter by chapter.

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Agenda of the meeting of the working group on evaluation of judicial systems (GT-EVAL), on 14 and 16 May 2014
Agenda of the meeting of national correspondents, on 15 May 2014


Workshop on SATURN tools for judicial time management in Amman (Jordan), on 23 April 2014

A workshop will be devoted to the judicial time management in Amman, on 23 April 2014, in presence of a CEPEJ expert, Ms Ivana Borzova (Czech Republic), who will present the CEPEJ tools in this field. This session is organised in the framework of the EU funded project Direct Budget Support towards Jordan Justice Sector.


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.

Programme


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.
Agenda


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.
Programme

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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)


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.
Programme

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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.
Programme


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.
More information (in French)


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.
More information


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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