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The news... (21/04/2017)


Meeting of the Working group on evaluation of judicial systems and of the national correspondents of the CEPEJ

The CEPEJ Working group on evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) will meet in Strasbourg on 3 and 5 May 2017. The aim of this meeting is to launch the next CEPEJ evaluation cycle which will lead to the publication in 2018 of the report “European judicial systems – efficiency and quality of justice” of the CEPEJ (based on 2016 data). On 4 May 2017, the national correspondents of the CEPEJ in charge of collecting data on judicial systems will also meet. The new tool to collect and analyse data as well as the evolutions of the data processing system of the CEPEJ, CEPEJ-STAT, will also be presented at these meetings.
Draft agenda of the meeting of the Working group on evaluation of judicial systems (3 and 5 May)

Draft agenda of the meeting of the national correspondents of the CEPEJ (4 May)

 

2017 edition of the Justice Scoreboard of the European Union

The 2017 edition of the “Justice scoreboard of the European Union”, published by the European Commission, contains data on the efficiency, quality and independence of judicial systems of the European Union member States. Most of the published data comes from the specific study carried out by the CEPEJ following the collection, processing and analysis of the data as provided by member States.
Justice scoreboard

 

CEPEJ will pursue its work on mediation

The CEPEJ working group on mediation will meet on 23 and 24 May 2017 in Strasbourg. It will work on measuring the impact of the CEPEJ guidelines on penal mediation, family and civil mediation and on alternatives to litigation between administrative authorities and private parties and on their update. The CEPEJ-GT-MED will complete, where necessary, the existing tools aimed at ensuring an effective implementation of the Council of Europe’s standards in the field of mediation.

Draft agenda

CEPEJ is publishing its 15th Newsletter on the impact of the report « European judicial systems – Efficiency and quality of justice »

The CEPEJ is publishing its 15th Newsletter on the impact of the report “European judicial systems – Efficiency and quality of justice” in the member States. Ms Nela Kuburovic, Minister of justice of Serbia (former CEPEJ member) and Mr Patrick Hetzel, Special rapporteur of the French National Assembly Committee on justice, contributed to this publication. The Newsletter contains also information on the recent and ongoing work of the CEPEJ.

CEPEJ Newsletter No. 15

Publication of the report on peer review on judicial statistics of the Czech Republic

The Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic invited CEPEJ to a peer review organised in Prague 6 - 7 February 2017. The CEPEJ team, composed of CEPEJ members, National Correspondent and Secretariat met the Minister of Justice, Mr Robert Pelikán and persons responsible for data collection within the Czech judicial system. Before the mission, an analysis of the statistical data for the Czech Republic was done to provide the expert team with an overview of the Czech Republic justice system, helping them to understand the situation and enable constructive discussion with the Czech authorities. After the mission, the Peers prepared a report where they outlined the main findings and proposals to improve and strengthen the credibility of the data collected and used to evaluate the efficiency of the judicial system.

CEPEJ report on peer review on judicial statistics of Czech Republic

Programme "Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the Slovak judicial system through the application of the tools and methodology of the CEPEJ"

The Slovak Republic has made a voluntary contribution of € 700,000 to strengthen the efficiency and quality of the Slovak judicial system through the application of the tools and methodology of the CEPEJ. The agreement was signed on 31 March 2017 by Ms Marcela Hanusová, Chargé d’affaires a.i., Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic, and Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General.

More information about the programme ‘Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the Slovak judicial system through the application of the tools and methodology of the CEPEJ”

CEPEJ fact-finding mission on Mediation to Sofia, Bulgaria

A fact-finding mission has been organised with the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice in Sofia, Bulgaria on 3 and 4 April 2017. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the current state of play as regards mediation in Bulgaria, in order to draw up an assessment of the situation and identify potential areas of improvement with the Bulgarian authorities. CEPEJ experts also had a meeting with different key stakeholders in mediation (representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the National Association of Mediators, the Supreme Judicial Council, the Supreme Bar Council, the Center for Settlements and Mediation at Sofia Regional Court and Sofia City Court, etc.) with a view to developing an accurate assessment with first basic recommendations.


Training video to “Know, understand, use and disseminate CEPEJ tools"

The CEPEJ is pleased to put at the disposal of interested professionals working in the field of justice a video to train on its tools. This video is divided into two parts:

Part 1:
Introduction by Georg Stawa, President of the CEPEJ
Presentation of the CEPEJ and its intergovernmental works by Stéphane Leyenberger, Secretary of the CEPEJ
Presentation of the CEPEJ main features regarding cooperation programmes and expected contribution from the CEPEJ experts by Clementina Barbaro; Head of the CEPEJ Co-operation Unit
Tools developed by the Working Group on the quality of justice (CEPEJ-GT-QUAL), by François Paychère, Chair of the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL
Tools developed by the Steering group of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management, by Jacques Bühler, Chair of the Steering group of the SATURN Centre

Part 2 :
Tools developed by the Working Group on the evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL), by Christel Schurrer and Yannick Meneceur, CEPEJ Administrators
Presentation of the new CEPEJ database (CEPEJ-STAT) by Yannick Meneceur and Lidija Naumovska, CEPEJ Statistician
Implementation of the CEPEJ tools in co-operation programmes, by Jacques Bühler, Chair of the Steering group of the SATURN Centre

 

 


Final conference of the PCF project to improve the efficiency and quality of judicial services in Azerbaijan

Between July 2015 and March 2017 the CEPEJ and judicial authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan co-operated actively to improve the efficiency of courts and the quality of judicial services. Designated pilot courts and the Justice Academy of Azerbaijan implemented tools developed by the CEPEJ in their day-to-day activities. This cooperation is part of the Project "Support to increased efficiency of courts, improved training of judges and judicial self-governance in Azerbaijan”, under the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. The final conference on 4 April served as a platform for highlighting the results and best practices achieved by the pilot courts and other major actors of the justice sector, after having learnt and put into practice the CEPEJ tools. Representatives from all courts of Azerbaijan and main justice sector stakeholders have been invited to hear about the CEPEJ tools and to discuss the concrete achievements of the pilot courts after applying them in practice. A team of CEPEJ experts representing the Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia and Italy concluded on the 2-year cooperation process and presented a detailed final report on the court coaching programme, including an assessment of the pilot court’s results and a set of recommendations in view of further dissemination of CEPEJ tools in all courts of Azerbaijan. Following the conference, on 5 April, the Project conducted the last meeting of its Steering Group. The participants, including representatives from the Delegation of the European Union in Azerbaijan, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Judicial-Legal Council, Justice Academy and other partners from Azerbaijan, as well as experts of CEPEJ and representatives of the Council of Europe Office, discussed the large array of activities implemented as part of the Project and the level of achievement of its objectives. The remaining challenges for judicial efficiency and quality, as well as the perspectives of future cooperation in this area between Azerbaijan, Council of European and European Union have also been discussed.
More information about the project


The general Consul of Morocco in Strasbourg received a delegation of the CEPEJ Secretariat

On 22 March 2017, the Consul general of Morocco in Strasbourg received, at the Consulate of Morocco in Strasbourg, a delegation of the CEPEJ Secretariat headed by the Co-Secretary to the CEPEJ. The objective of the meeting was to review the state of cooperation between the CEPEJ and Morocco under the "Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the tools of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)".
Meeting participants:
- Mr Mohammed Arrouchi, general Consul of Morocco in Strasbourg and Ms Meryam Nassif, Vice Consul of Morocco in Strasbourg
- Ms Muriel Décot, Co-Secretary to the CEPEJ, and Ms Muriel Iseli, Project Coordinator


Launching of Morocco’s participation to the CEPEJ evaluation cycles – Efficiency and quality of judicial systems by the Minister of Justice and Liberties of Morocco, Mr El Mostafa Ramid

The Minister of Justice and Liberties of Morocco, Mr El Mostafa Ramid, chaired the launching event of Morocco’s participation to the CEPEJ evaluation cycles on 27 March 2017. On this occasion, the President of the Working group on evaluation of judicial systems, Mr Jean-Paul Jean presented the potentialities for Morocco in using the new tool of CEPEJ-STAT. A meeting with all relevant stakeholders who will be involved in the data collection for the next evaluation cycle also took place on 27 and 28 March 2017 in Rabat.

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Call for applications for the Council of Europe Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” for innovative practices contributing to the efficiency and quality of justice

The Council of Europe is organising the 9th edition of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize.
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 2017 competition is open to courts, Bar Associations, non-governmental organisations and any other bodies 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 (cepej@coe.int), preferably electronically, by 15 June 2017. The Prize awarding ceremony will take place in Edinburgh (Scotland) on 27 October 2017 in the framework of the European Day of Justice.
More information about the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize

* Holly See, Canada, Mexico USA, Japan, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia


 

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