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Turkish Judges and Mediators are starting pilot practices in selected courts in 6 pilot jurisdictions in Turkey to implement mediation practices effectively in civil disputes

A Workshop on Introducing Mediation Pilot Practices and Developing Implementation Plans for Pilot Courts will be held in Ankara between 27 and 29 April 2015, in the framework of the project entitled "Developing mediation practices in civil disputes in Turkey", which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Republic of Turkey. Judges, mediators, lawyers, mediation associations, national and international CEPEJ experts and representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Business Community will come together to discuss and develop implementation plans on how to best apply mediation practices in civil disputes in Turkey. After this pilot process in the project, the experience and lessons learnt will be used to make any changes needed to the institution of mediation in Turkey.
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CEPEJ website of the project "Developing mediation practices in civil disputes in Turkey"


A delegation of CEPEJ experts visited Morocco from 21 to 24 April 2015

A delegation of CEPEJ experts went to Morocco from 21 to 24 April 2015 in the framework of the new South Programme II entitled “Towards strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. An information day about the work of the CEPEJ has been organised for heads of jurisdictions and pilots prosecution authorities; a round table on the enforcement of decisions taken by administrative courts took also place. The CEPEJ delegation also visited three new pilot courts - the Administrative Court of Rabat, the Appeal Court of Rabat and the Commercial Court of Casablanca – where the CEPEJ tools for quality and judicial time management should be put into practice in the coming months.


Launching of the South programme II: the CEPEJ hosted a workshop on the justice reform in the Southern Mediterranean

On the occasion of the launching of the South Programme II, a new project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe and entitled: “Towards a strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean” on 10 April in Strasbourg, the CEPEJ hosted a workshop on justice reform in the Southern Mediterranean with the participation of representatives of Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and the national Palestinian authority.
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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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1st Workshop on the Improvement of Turkish Mediation Legislation (7-8 April 2015, Ankara)

A workshop on the improvement of mediation legislation took place in Ankara on 7-8 April 2015 as part of the project on “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey”. Participants included the main stakeholders, in particular judges, lawyers, representatives of mediation associations, academicians, and representatives of business sector. The first day of the workshop was devoted to the presentation of challenges in the enforcement of mediation legislation in respect of all stakeholders of mediation (lawyers, mediators, judges, and business). Participants also examined the issue of legislative amendments required for the implementation of effective mediation schemes in Turkey. A presentation was made on European mediation legislation, with a particular focus on the French model. On the second day, groups of participants (judges and mediators in one group, and mediation associations and business sector in another) in order to prepare action plans including facilitative measures to be implemented in pilot jurisdictions. The workshop was concluded with group presentations on possible action plans and legislative amendments according to court categories.


CEPEJ Newsletter : Elements to be taken into account when building or renovating judicial buildings

The CEPEJ has published its 13th information letter which devotes a file to the elements to be taken into account in terms of organisation and accessibility of courts (buildings), following the publication by the CEPEJ of its guidelines adopted last December. Practical ways to refurbish existing premises or to create new ones have been explored by the President of the CEPEJ working group on the quality of justice, and illustrated by interviews with professionals working in the i justice system and in these buildings.
Newsletter No. 13: Elements to be taken into account when building or renovating judicial buildings


The President of the CEPEJ working group on evaluation of the functioning of judicial systems publishes an analysis on criminal justice in Europe

Criminal justice in Europe is scrutinised by the President of the working group on evaluation of European judicial systems in a recently published an article in the reference revue in the criminal field in France entitled Dalloz. On the basis of the work of the CEPEJ, the article classified France compared to 46 States concerning prison service budgets, legal aid, measures to assist victims, the administrative and budgetary structures of the public services and mediation.
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Tunisia, new observer state with the CEPEJ

On 1st April 2015, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe granted Tunisia observer status with the CEPEJ. The request can be seen in the context of the cooperation programme developed by the CEPEJ and the Tunisian authorities entitled “Towards strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean”, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe through the CEPEJ. With this step Tunisia joins Israel and Morocco who already have observer status with the CEPEJ, as do the States entitled to this status by virtue of their Observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holly see, Japan, Mexico, United States of America).

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