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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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New: Press review (regularly updated)

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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.
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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.
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“Cyberjustice Europe 2016" conference on 5 December 2016

With the publication of a thematic report on the use of information technology in European courts, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) has taken a step towards a systematic and in-depth understanding of the impact of digitalisation on the role and functioning of justice systems. In order to develop this work further, the CEPEJ has agreed to become a partner in the 1st "Cyberjustice Europe 2016" conference, organised by the French Institute of Higher Studies on Justice (IHEJ) and the Cyberjustice Laboratory of Montreal (Canada). This conference has been hosted at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 5 December 2016. This event, for the first time, brought together actors and experts from around the world, and used the experience already gained by the Canadian Cyberjustice Laboratory. The conference has also been an opportunity to contribute to the development of modernised judicial systems, based on the principles of the rule of law that underpin justice. 


CEPEJ Tunisian pilot courts attended the second meeting of the bilateral Steering Committee “South Programme 2 – Tunisia” on 22 November 2016 in Tunis

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The Minister of Justice of Tunisia meets with a delegation of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

On 4 November 2016 the new Minister of Justice, Mr Ghazi Jeribi, met with a delegation of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) in Tunis. This meeting provided an opportunity for the CEPEJ delegation, to make an assessment of the projects implemented under the joint programme of the European Union/Council of Europe entitled “Towards a strengthened democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean”, with the purpose to improve the way the justice operates in Tunisia, including all members of the justice system (judges, court clerks, lawyers, etc.). The Minister of Justice reassured the delegation of their support to the work of the CEPEJ.
This meeting was held in the wake of a training organized in Monastir, which was addressed mainly to magistrates and court clerks of the Tunisian pilot courts of the CEPEJ, as well as to lawyers, and focused on the following topics: the judicial scoreboards, courts’ management tools; the preparation of civil law cases and the management of civil law hearings; and alternative dispute resolution.
Mission’s agenda
Training’s agenda and list of participants
Press release of the Ministry of Justice of Tunisia

Evaluation mission on judicial statistics and on information technologies in the judicial field 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, the CEPEJ Secretariat went to Kosovo* from 22 to 24 November 2016 to pre-assess the quality and the methodology to collect judicial statistics, as well as to meet with partners of the CMIS project to collaborate on the computerisation of courts. On this occasion, the meetings with key interlocutors representing the Action’s beneficiaries, partners and other relevant actors is an important step to prepare an expert’s mission in December 2016 which will serve the first draft of the in-depth assessment of the justice system in Kosovo*.
* 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

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National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova introduces courses on court management and CEPEJ tools

The CEPEJ supports the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova (NIJ) in improving its training curriculum on subjects related to judicial time management and quality management. The NIJ has set up a team of 4 national trainers who have developed programmes and training materials on court management, which include comprehensive references to the CEPEJ tools and methodology. Capacity building activities, including training-of-trainers, consultations with experts from the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM) and cascade seminars are being carried out as part of 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, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The NIJ currently implements an introductory seminar on CEPEJ time management and quality tools as part of its initial training for future judges and prosecutors. Between October and December 2016 five seminars on CEPEJ tools for acting judges and senior court staff will be carried out. As of the beginning of 2017, the NIJ will launch an in-depth training module for court managers (presidents and chiefs of the secretariats). The process of developing modern court management tools is on-going in the Republic of Moldova and the proposed training is very innovative, partially “anticipating” the practical tools on which it should be focused in the nearest future. At the same time, this training will facilitate the implementation and the fine-tuning of the new court management tools and, in view of this objective, the NIJ closely coordinates its programmes with the Superior Council of Magistracy of the Republic of Moldova.

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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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