After having worked since its creation on timeframes of proceedings, the CEPEJ has set up in 2007 a
Centre for judicial time management (SATURN Centre - Study and Analysis of judicial Time Use Research Network).
The SATURN Centre is instructed to collect information necessary
for the knowledge of judicial timeframes in the member States
and detailed enough to enable member states to implement
policies aiming to prevent violations of the right for a fair
trial within a reasonable time protected by Article 6 of the
European Convention on Human Rights.
The Centre is aimed to become progressively a genuine European
observatory of judicial timeframes, by analysing the situation
of existing timeframes in the member States (timeframes per
types of cases, waiting times in the proceedings, etc.),
providing them knowledge and analytical tools of judicial
timeframes of proceedings. It is also in charge of the promotion
and assessment of the Guidelines for judicial time management.
The Centre is managed through a Steering group, which works in
particular for collecting, processing and analysing the relevant
information on judicial timeframes in a representative sample of
courts in the member states by relying on the network of pilot
courts. Thus it must define and improve measuring systems and
common indicators on judicial timeframes in all member states
and develop appropriate modalities and tools for collecting
information through statistical analysis.
Resolution No 1 on a modern, transparent and efficient justice,
the Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe's member
States, during their meeting in Istanbul at the occasion of
their 30th Conference (24-26 November 2010), "invited the
Committee of Ministers to build on the work of the SATURN centre
within CEPEJ, further developing its capacity to acquire better
knowledge of the time required for judicial proceedings in the
member States, with a view to developing tools to enable the
member States to better meet their obligations under Article 6
of the ECHR regarding the right to a fair trial within a