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25th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ

The 25th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ will take place in Strasbourg on 2 and 3 July 2015. The discussions will concern in particular the launch of the new 2014-2016 evaluation cycle of judicial systems and the specific questionnaire concerning new technologies. The discussions will also concern the opportunities to promote cyber-justice to improve the quality of court work and the draft compilation of definitions contained in the CEPEJ tools. Furthermore, the CEPEJ members will take stock of the progress of the co-operation and capacity-building programmes.
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Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström elected Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Monaco

On 23 June 2015, Ms Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström, the current CEPEJ member in respect of Monaco until now, was elected as a Judge in respect of Monaco at the European Court of Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly for a nine year mandate. The CEPEJ thanks Ms Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström for her commitment and expresses its warmest congratulations to her upon her appointment.

Extension of the deadline to submit your application to participate to 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 6 July 2015.
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Court Coaching Programme continues in the Albanian Courts 

Within the framework of the Joint Project entitled “Support to the Efficiency of Justice” (SEJ) financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, the activities of the Court Coaching programme are being pursued in Albania, focusing on the analysis of the daily work of the courts and the assessment of the degree of implementation of the SATURN Guidelines on judicial time-management in all Albanian courts. Between 18-22 May and 15-19 June 2015, the experts carried out a series of visits to 12 additional courts. This was aimed at shaing the results of the earlier discussions with these courts’ chairmen and head clerks. At a subsequent stage, the experts will focus in particular on the issue of length of proceedings in such courts. The presence of the international experts was also an opportunity to discuss the progress with the judicial and executive authorities of Albania.
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Improving Mediation Practices: Turkish Judges and Mediators trained on judicial referral to mediation

A practical training for civil court judges in Turkey took place in Ankara on 15-16 June 2015 in the framework of the project entitled "Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey”. CEPEJ experts led “mock-mediation sessions”. Selected judges and mediators from Izmir and Istanbul (Çaglayan Courthouse) pilot courts also presented the judicial referral process to mediation in civil disputes through other moot-court sessions. This was the first practical training organised to define the basic principles of judicial referral, develop targeted skills, and implement relevant mediation legislation, in line with CEPEJ mediation guidelines.

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Court coaching programme in Thessaloniki

The CEPEJ has carried out a court coaching programme of the Administrative first instance course of Thessaloniki (Greece) on 18 June 2015. The programme was dealing with the tools developed by the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management.

Study visit to London in order to develop mediation practices in civil disputes in Turkey

A study visit to the United Kingdom was carried out on 2-4 June 2015 within the framework of the CEPEJ cooperation project aimed at “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey”. The delegation from Turkey included 14 representatives from the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, the Ministry of Justice, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations and the Turkish Confederation of Tradesmen and Craftsmen. Most of these institutions are represented on the Mediation Council in Turkey. Meetings were also held with relevant United Kingdom stakeholders in the field of mediation, such as the Ministry of Justice, the Civil Mediation Council, the Bar Council’s ADR Committee, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, and the First intance Tribunal Property Chamber. The meetings focused on different aspects of mediation, particularly judicial referral to mediation, the role of lawyers in mediation, legal aid, and the overall system of mediation in the United Kingdom.

A delegation from Jordan to visit in Luzern (Switzerland)  

A delegation from Jordan composed of representatves of the Ministry of Justice and of the Judicial Council made a study visit to the Swiss Federal Court in Luzern on 9 June 2015, in the framework of the South Programme 2 (Co-operation programme entitled “Towards a strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean”, financed by the European Union). The visit was aimed familiarising the members of the delegation with the tools developed by the CEPEJ to evaluate national judicial systems, as well as with the case management and evaluation system developed by the Swiss Federal court and by the Norwegian authorities. These presentations have been made respectively by Jacques Bühler (Switzerland), President of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management and Audun Berg (Norway), member of the CEPEJ.

Launch of the new evaluation cycle on the functioning of judicial systems

The CEPEJ national correspondents have received the questionnaire aimed at collecting data for the drafting of the next evaluation report “European judicial systems – Efficiency and quality of justice”. The correspondents have until 31 December 2015 to provide the information to the CEPEJ (2014 data). They will meet in Strasbourg on 5 November 2015 .
Explanatory note
IT questionnaire
Explanatory note -IT questionnaire

CEPEJ guidelines – a compilation is now available

The CEPEJ Guidelines provide practical tools to justice professionals in Europe to improve procedural delays, strengthen time management in courts and generally develop further the quality of the services offered to court users. These tools, also relating to access to justice, the execution of court decisions, e-justice and mediation, propose measures that, when implemented, help improve the daily functioning of the justice systems in Europe. The Guidelines are now available electronically, free of charge and free of copyright, on the CEPEJ website.

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