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The news... (20/07/2017)


Strategy Workshop II on Mediation Services in Turkey on 19-20 July 2017

The second workshop on the development of the Strategic Road Map/Action Plan for mediation services is being held in Antalya on 19-20 July 2017. The aim is to develop the “Five-Year Action Plan” for the Ministry of Justice to ensure the sustainability of the models and practices developed under the Project entitled “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey”, implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Republic of Turkey. The stakeholders of mediation in Turkey, i.e. the Ministry of Justice, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, pilot judges, mediators and academics worked in three working groups on “Legislation, Training, Court Referred Mediation-Awareness” with the aim of addressing the current needs to foster the development of mediation. The groups are supported by a National Strategy expert and by a CEPEJ expert.
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Mission of CEPEJ experts to support increased efficiency and quality of the Latvian judicial system

A team of CEPEJ experts conducted a fact-finding mission to Latvia from 4 to 6 July 2017, in view of an evaluation of the Latvian judicial system. The mission launched the the co-operation between the CEPEJ and Latvian Court Administration, which is part of the project “Justice for Growth”, financed by the European Social Fund. Latvian authorities actively implement reforms of the justice sector, in the fields of the selection procedure of candidates, optimisation of the court map, simplification of judicial proceedings and enhancing the use of ICT. CEPEJ experts conducted discussions with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, of the Court Administration, of the Council for the Judiciary, of the Judicial Disciplinary, of the Qualifications and Ethics Committees, of the Judicial Training Centre, judges’ associations etc. They visited the Supreme Court of Latvia and Riga Regional Court. Based on the methodology and tools developed by the CEPEJ, the expert team will draw up an evaluation report including detailed recommendations on the way to further improve the independence of the judiciary, the efficiency of Latvian courts and the quality of their services.
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Cyberjustice study visit for Kosovo* to Estonia

With the support of two CEPEJ international experts, fourteen representatives from the judiciary of Kosovo (Kosovo Judicial Council, Kosovo Prosecutorial Council, members of the ICT-CMIS Project, as well as the Court Presidents of the seven Basic Courts) participated in a Cyberjustice study visit in Tallinn, Estonia (27-28 June 2017) to discuss the development of a new case management information system (CMIS) for Kosovo and benefit from the successful experience of Estonia in this respect. For this purpose, Estonian counterparts from the Centre of Registers and Information Systems, the Ministry of Justice, as well as the President of the Tallinn Circuit Court, discussed examples of good practices which enabled the successful development and implementation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the judiciary. This activity contributes, more globally, to understanding how to ensure a successful change towards Cyberjustice in Kosovo—a change that is considered in the CEPEJ Cyberjustice Guidelines as a prerequisite to improving the efficiency and quality of justice systems. This activity takes place under the KoSEJ Action "Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Kosovo*", 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.
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* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.


CEPEJ visit to Morocco in the framework of the implementation of the strategic plan of the Court of Cassation of Rabat

A team of experts from the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) will visit the Court of Cassation of Rabat (Morocco) to analyse its functioning and performance. This activity is organised in the framework of the Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the CEPEJ tools which is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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The Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice of Morocco met the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

On the occasion of the plenary meeting of the CEPEJ, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice of Morocco, Mr Abdelilah Lahkim Bennani, met with Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in the framework of the Programme to support the justice sector reform - Improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the CEPEJ tools which is financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. Ms Battaini-Dragoni thanked both the Minister of Justice, Mr Mohamed Aujjar and Mr Bennani for the quality the work carried out in the field of co-operation with the CEPEJ. She further welcomed the decision of Morocco to participate, for the first time this year, in the CEPEJ evaluation exercise of judicial systems and, more globally, congratulated them for the current ongoing reforms in the field of justice which seek to establish a modern, quick and impartial system.
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29th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ

The 29th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ took place on 29-30 June 2017 in Strasbourg. Members of the CEPEJ examineed the calendar for the 2016-2018 evaluation cycle and have been introduced to the new system for data collection established by the CEPEJ. Members also took note of the work underway in the different CEPEJ working groups (evaluation of judicial systems, quality of justice, time management (SATURN), mediation) and took stock of co-operation programmes.
Meeting report


Launching of the data collection for the 2016-2018 CEPEJ evaluation cycle

Since 8 June 2017, the new data collection system of the CEPEJ, CEPEJ-COLLECT, is accessible to CEPEJ national correspondents in the framework of the biennial evaluation exercise of the functioning of European judicial systems. The collection of the data from 2016 will end on 31 December 2017. It will then serve as basis for the preparation of the evaluation report which will be published in autumn 2018, via CEPEJ-STAT notably. The new CEPEJ-COLLECT system includes all necessary information to the data collection process (explanatory note, user manual).
Link to the evaluation grid (word version) and to the explanatory note (word version)


Training of Trainers in Ankara, Turkey (19-21 June 2017)

A three-day Training of Trainers was organised in Ankara on 19-21 June 2017, with the participation of fifty trainers from different training institutions delivering mediation training. The main objectives of the training were to introduce to trainers the new curriculum, methodology and training materials for basic mediation training that are currently being developed under the Project, as well as to receive the feedback from trainers before their finalisation. Finalised training materials have been submitted to the Ministry of Justice, and more specifically to its Mediation Department for adoption and dissemination among accredited training institutions. This meeting is organised in the framework of the Project entitled “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Republic of Turkey.
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SEJ II is supporting the preparation of the new judicial map in Albania

In the framework of the Programme entitled “Strengthening the Efficiency and Quality of Justice in Albania” (SEJ II), a seminar and bilateral meetings were organised on 4-5 May 2017 in Tirana on current developments concerning the preparation of a new judicial map in Albania and were led by a CEPEJ international expert, Mr. Fabio Bartolomeo. Mr Bartolomeo presented the CEPEJ methodology according to the CEPEJ Revised Guidelines on the Creation of Judicial Maps to Support Access to Justice within a Quality Judicial System. On the basis of the mentioned statistics and information that are being collected currently according to the relevant CEPEJ indicators, Mr Bartholomeo will prepare a report which will include notably an evaluation of the current judicial map and will suggest concrete recommendations to ensure that the future judicial map will improve the efficiency and quality of the work of courts. This shall be discussed with beneficiaries in this next mission in autumn to support the next steps of this important process in the judicial reform in Albania. The SEJ II is a joint Action co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe, is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey".
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Test of Training Modules for Basic Mediation Training (29-31 May 2017, Ankara)

The different modules developed for basic mediation training have been tested during a training session organised within the premises of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) in Ankara on 29-31 May 2017. The trainers, who were involved in the development of the training modules tested them with a group of 21 trainees. The aim of this test training was to verify its methodology and fine-tune the activities as well as the content of the modules. The draft modules have then be finalised and published for further use by the beneficiary institutions. This meeting was organised in the scope of the Project on Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Republic of Turkey.
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CEPEJ Mission to Kosovo* with the first findings of the in-depth assessment process of the justice system in Kosovo

Under the Action "Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Kosovo*" (KoSEJ), which is part of the programme "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, two CEPEJ international experts held technical meetings with the Action’s beneficiaries in Kosovo on 22 -24 May 2017 to present and discuss the first findings of the in-depth assessment process currently led by the CEPEJ on the functioning of the judicial system in Kosovo. At this stage, a preliminary report provides a high level of data collected on the basis of the CEPEJ Evaluation Scheme duringin a first mission which took place in December 2016. This information is being consolidated and analysed. This second mission was an opportunity to improve further the analysis suggested, address outstanding issues, and discuss recommendations which will be included in the report to address existing challenges and improve the functioning of the judiciary.

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* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.


Peer evaluation in Cyprus

A team of CEPEJ experts travelled to Cyprus on 30 and 31 May to carry out a peer evaluation. On this occasion, they met the President of the Supreme Court and the Presidents of the District Courts of Nicosia and Limassol. Discussions have been held with relevant stakeholders working in statistical services and in charge of collecting data. Several meetings also took place with interlocutors in charge of legal aid and of mediation and with representatives of the Ministry of Justice or of lawyers. A visit of the Registry of the District Court of Nicosia was also planned.
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