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The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

We invite you to browse through the site to learn more about the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and its activities.

The news... (12/01/2017)

Public access to the CEPEJ database CEPEJ-STAT

For the first time, the information processed and analysed during the assessment cycle is made available to policy makers (ministries, parliaments), justice professionals, researchers and the general public on a new dynamic database: CEPEJ-STAT. This tool has been developed by the CEPEJ in order to facilitate the selection of specific information concerning individual, several or all states. It simplifies the processes for cross-referencing data, the production of time series, and the generation of charts and maps.


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Publication of the report of the CEPEJ evaluating the European judicial systems – public access to the CEPEJ database CEPEJ-STAT

Paris, 06.10.2016 – With a report and a new interactive database, the CEPEJ-STAT, both of which are available to the public, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe publishes today it findings as regards the main trends observed in 45 European countries in the field of the functioning of judicial systems. The report provides a detailed picture of the performance of the judicial systems, their budgets, the situation as regards judges, prosecutors and lawyers, and the organisation of courts in the 45 participating member States and in one CEPEJ observer State (Israel). The report and the database constitute a reference point for all policy makers and justice professionals, to be used when developing public policies on the organisation of judicial systems. They are complemented by a new comprehensive thematic report devoted to the use of information technologies in courts.

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Sharing good practices via the CEPEJ Innovation Centre

In the framework of the implementation, end of 2016, of its platform of exchange of good practices, the CEPEJ draws the attention on the plan of excellency of justice and the strategic agenda 2015-2020 which has been implemented by the Superior Court of Justice of Murcia (Spain). The President of the Court, Mr Juan Fernando Armengot Iborra, presented this plan at the 28th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ on 6 December 2016. It is focused on 6 aspects:
- Towards an Open Administration of Justice
- A justice geared at users
- Innovation, modernisation and organisation excellency
- Sensibilisation to judicial certainty and security
- Promotion and integration of leadership and management
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A good practice guide on Structural measures to improve the functioning of civil and administrative justice

One of the underlying goals of the CEPEJ is to reduce the increasing backlog of the European Court of Human Rights (“EctHR”), by preventing from the introduction of cases based on the dysfunctioning of judicial systems (Article 6 ECHR). Following consultation with the Registry of the ECtHR and the Department for the Execution of Judgements of the ECtHR, the CEPEJ just published a good practice guide on Structural measures to improve the functioning of civil and administrative justice in addition to the effective domestic remedies required by Article 13 of the ECHR. This guide illustrates the initiatives adopted by some States which can be considered as a useful source of inspiration for policy makers and justice system professionals in their search for solutions able to guarantee an improved functioning of judicial systems, while respecting the requirement to provide to the users a public service of quality.

Good practice guide on Structural measures to improve the functioning of civil and administrative justice in addition to the effective domestic remedies required by Article 13 of the ECHR

Indicators to measure the quality of justice

The concept of quality measurement applied to justice is the subject of lively debates in Europe. The CEPEJ has recently adopted a Guide entitled “Measuring the quality of justice” which provides a list of indicators to measure the quality of processes, of decisions and of judicial services. These indicators are based on the “Checklist for promoting the quality of justice and the courts”, formerly adopted by the CEPEJ, as well as on other CEPEJ documents. The guide recalls that the perception from users on the services provided by the Courts is also an important element when it comes to measuring the quality of justice.
Guide “Measuring the quality of justice”

Towards European judicial timeframes

The implementation guide “Towards European timeframes for judicial proceedings“, adopted by the CEPEJ on 7 December 2016, offers to Council of Europe member States a common framework for a methodology to measure judicial time, by category of cases. This guide can be adapted to the specificities of each Member State and will enrich the implementation of policies to guarantee Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This will contribute to the drawing up of European indicators concerning "reasonable time".
Implementation guide “Towards European timeframes for judicial proceedings“

The CEPEJ publishes its Guidelines on how to drive change towards Cyberjustice

At its 28th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 6 – 7 December), the CEPEJ adopted its Guidelines on how to drive change towards Cyberjustice. These guidelines constitute a critical assessment of the systems deployed in the field of information systems in courts and a synthesis of good practices. The introduction of digital tools in the functioning of judicial systems has often been considered as a guarantee of greater efficiency, not always rightly. The results of IT projects in the Council of Europe member States over the last 15 years have enabled the CEPEJ to develop principles for public decision-makers in order to contribute to the efficient use of information technologies in particular in the context of judicial activity.
Guidelines on how to drive change towards Cyberjustice

Plenary meeting of the CEPEJ

The 28th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ took place on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 December 2016 in Strasbourg. On this occasion, the CEPEJ measured the impact of the 2016 report “European judicial systems”, which has been published last October and launched the new 2016-2018 evaluation cycle. The CEPEJ members also adopted a document defining indicators to measure the quality of justice, as well as indicators in the field of timeframes for procedures. The CEPEJ also adopted the guidelines on how to drive changes towards cyberjustice which will be published soon.
Meeting report

In-depth assessment of the judicial system in Kosovo*

Under the Action "Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Kosovo*" (KoSEJ), which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, two CEPEJ experts conducted a mission in Kosovo from 12 to 14 December 2016. The objective of this mission was to collect data on the basis of the CEPEJ Evaluation Scheme and obtain additional information, in particular on the general functioning of the judicial system, as well as the daily work of courts and prosecution services.

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* All reference to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo

Interview of Ramin Gurbanov, Vice-President of the CEPEJ

In an interview which was made at the Council of Europe studios, the Vice President of the CEPEJ, Mr Ramin Gurbanov explains the objectives of the CEPEJ and its missions in European courts. He also addressed the joint EU/COE project which is being implemented by the Council of Europe entitled: “Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework”, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

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Know, understand, use and disseminate the CEPEJ tools

On 8 and 9 December 2016, a training session for potential future CEPEJ experts in CEPEJ co-operation will take place to familiarize them with the CEPEJ tools related to the evaluation of judicial systems, judicial time management and the quality of justice. This session will also be an opportunity to present the work of an expert in CEPEJ co-operation programmes and to exchange good practices and experiences in this field. This session will be recorded and made available on the CEPEJ website.
Programme of the training session

The CEPEJ Innovation Centre : a platform for exchanging good practices

The CEPEJ wishes to establish a platform for exchanging best practices, or innovative practices, in European courts, so as to improve their functioning. The CEPEJ invites, in particular the members of its Network of Pilot Courts, to forward to the Secretariat, no later than 15 September 2016, examples of good practices and/or innovative practices that are applied in the courts. Courts wishing to contribute to this dynamic initiative are requested to complete the attached form in English or in French.
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