Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  Slideshare

At a glance
About the CEPEJ
A word from the President
Meeting reports
Gathering around CEPEJ
European Day of Justice
The Crystal Scales of Justice Award
Evaluation of Judicial Systems
Judicial time management
Quality of justice
Republic of Moldova
Eastern partnership
Targeted co-operation
Collaborative workspace

Activities of the network



Activities of the network
In the field
CEPEJ documents
Legal instruments
ECHR judgements
Thematic files
Press releases
CEPEJ Studies
Simple search
Advanced search
News: RSS format
Country profile
Country Profiles A-Z
COE bodies, international organisations ...
Restricted access
Discussion Forum
Users' guide of the Forum
Reset password
Evaluation scheme

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... (24/10/2016)

The European day of justice is celebrated in 18 member States of the Council of Europe

The European Day of Justice is celebrated each year around the 25 October. It aims to bring justice closer to citizens, to inform them on their rights and to to promote the work of the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of justice, through simulation of procedures and information sessions. This day is open to all European citizens, students and people who work in the field of justice. This year, the CEPEJ supports initiatives from 18 Council of Europe member States to celebrate the European day of justice.

More information on the CEPEJ website concerning the European day of justice


CEPEJ actively supports pilot courts from the Republic of Moldova to improve their efficiency

On 20 October 2016, in Strasbourg, representatives of the pilot courts, of the Superior Council of Magistrates, the Ministry of Justice, and the National Institute of Justice will be presented the Guide for the implementation of selected CEPEJ tools in the courts of the Republic of Moldova, specially designed by CEPEJ experts on the basis of the results reached so far by the on-going court coaching programme. The national partners will present the progress and challenges encountered by the pilot courts in implementation of the “SATURN priorities”. The Moldovan delegation will be also acquainted with the CEPEJ 2016 Report “European judicial systems - Efficiency and quality of justice”, including the main findings in regard to the Republic of Moldova, and the CEPEJ-STAT - a new interactive database of European judicial statistics. The Project "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova" is part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.


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.

Special file


New: Press review (regularly updated)

See the video of the press conference

Improving the case-management system in Greece

A team including the CEPEJ experts, the Steering Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), and the Consultative Council of Europe Judges (CCJE) made a visit to Greece from 17 to 19 October 2016. The purpose of the visit was to assist the Greek authorities in introducing an improved case-management system in order to ensure that the Greek administrative courts introduce - without delays - judicial appeals against decisions rejecting claims regarding the right of asylum, or against removal orders from the Greek territory. In particular, the team looked at procedural rules (application and appeals), and to ways to improve the efficiency of administrative courts. In this regard special emphasis has been given to the prevention of excessive length of proceedings through the CEPEJ-SATURN instruments on judicial time management, including better monitoring of data, analysis and information by the courts, and analysis of possible structural measures that apply across the court administrative system.

Meeting of the working group on evaluaton of the functioning of judicial systems

The meeting of the Working group on evaluation of the functioning of judicial systems took place in Strasbourg on 18 and 19 October 2016. The members discussed the impact of the publication of the last report published on 6 October 2016. The group also launched the 2016-2018 evaluation cycle.



Strengthening the effectiveness and quality of justice in Albania - launching visit of a new project (“SEJ II”) on 14 and 15 September 2016

Representatives of the CEPEJ from the Justice and Legal Cooperation Department of the Council of Europe visited Albania (Tirana) and had a meeting with the Minister of Justice, Mr Ylli Manjani, the Chief Inspector of the High Council of Justice, Ms Marsida Xhaferllari, the President of the Supreme Court, Mr Xhezair Zaganjori, the Head of the School of Magistrates, Mr Sokol Sadushi and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Albania, as well as representatives of USAID and OSCE. This visit opened up discussions about the activities that will be implemented as part of this new project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe, which is part of the Council of Europe/European Union Joint Programme entitled “Horizontal facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey".

Inception mission in the framework of the Project "Horizontal facility for Western Balkans and Turkey" in Kosovo* on 6 and 7 September 2016

A team from the CEPEJ Secretariat visited Kosovo* (Pristina) to launch the new project entitled "Strengthening the effectiveness and quality of justice in Kosovo*", which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The team had a meeting with the key project partners (Minister of Justice, Council of Justice, Court Presidents), as well as with international actors, to discuss the activities that will be implemented as part of this new project.
* 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

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.
More information

Contact: CEPEJ@coe.int


Keep informed when CEPEJ website has added new content:
RSS feed




Activity programme

Working groups


Evaluation of judicial systems

Special file


The Crystal Scales
of Justice Award

More information


European Day of Justice

More information




Disclaimer - ©Council of Europe - ©photo credit