The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

            10 December 2008

Priority topics to be addressed when analysing the cepej report "European judicial systems – Edition 2008"

CALL FOR PROJECTS

    1. Single judge and panels of judges in Europe : to have a better knowledge on how the judicial decision making bodies are organised in the Council of Europe’s member states, trends and conclusions could be drawn from the Report and the CEPEJ’s data base on this issue. This study could in particular assess the links between efficiency and quality of the proceedings and the organisation of judicial decision making bodies, taking into account the fundamental principles of Article 6 ECHR. To that extent, the study could also consider the bodies where non professional judges sit (alone or within a panel). This study could be carried out in cooperation with the European Association of Judges and Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL), which are granted the observer status with the CEPEJ.

    2. The role of lawyers in judicial proceedings in Europe: the study should analyse the role of this preeminent player in the judicial cycle, i.e. the lawyer, and the impact of his/her action on the efficiency and quality of judicial proceedings in the Council of Europe’s member states, in the light of Recommendation Rec(2000)21 on the freedom of exercise of the profession of lawyer. Trends and conclusions could be drawn from the Report and the CEPEJ’s data base on this issue. The study could analyse in particular the measures aimed at preventing the abuses in the proceedings, the link between the lawyers and the courts (including through ICT) as well as the modalities for determining lawyers’ fees. This study could be carried out in cooperation with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which is granted the observer status with the CEPEJ.

    3. The organisation of court clerk offices in the European judicial systems: the study should enable to identify trends and conclusions from the Report and the CEPEJ’s data base, so as to analyse the roles and functions of the various categories of non judge and non prosecutor staff within the courts and prosecution offices, the relationships between judges / prosecutors and non judge / non prosecutor staff and the impact of the organisation of the court clerk offices on the efficiency and quality of justice in the Council of Europe’s member states. This study could be carried out in cooperation with the European Union of Rechtspfleger and Court Clerks (EUR), which is granted the observer status with the CEPEJ.

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Beyond these 3 priorities, the CEPEJ will study any other proposal for projects aimed at exploiting and analysing its report, taking into account the scientific interest of the project as well as the added value brought to the work of the CEPEJ for developing concrete tools and measure contributing to the improvement of the efficiency of judicial systems in the member states of the Council of Europe.

For further information, please contact the CEPEJ Secretariat:

Stéphane Leyenberger – tel: 33 (0)3 88 41 34 12
e-mail: stephane.leyenberger@coe.int
www.coe.int/CEPEJ