The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice


EUROPAN COMMISSION FOR THE EFFICIENCY OF JUSTICE (CEPEJ)

File : Impact of the publication of the 2012 edition of the CEPEJ evaluation report of European judicial systems

Austria

20th CEPEJ plenary meeting, 6 and 7 December 2012 in Strasbourg

    Thematic analysis of the Press review on the occasion of the publication of the CEPEJ Report “European judicial systems – 2012 edition”

    The evaluation process of the CEPEJ

The majority of articles report the evaluation process of the CEPEJ and recall that the report has been presented at the Minister's of Justice Conference in Vienna in presence of the Austrian Minister of Justice, Beatrix Karl.

    Access to justice

        Taxes and court fees

An article mentions that Austrian justice is “cheap” for tax payers. Fewer taxes are spent for the magistrates because the level of automation of the procedures is very high. However, in other articles, the President of the Bar Association (RAK) denunciates a difficult access to justice due to the high level of fees. With a cost recovery rate of 109, 8%, Austria is the leader in Europe regarding costs management.

    Users of the courts : rights and public confidence

An article mentions the quality of the victims’ protection in Austria.

    Courts

        Information and communication technology (ICT) in the courts (e-justice and e-courts)

Several articles mention the high level of automation of the judicial system which is equipped with an efficient IT infrastructure. This enables electronic communications between judicial powers and parties.

    Judges

An article mentions the number of judges in Austria. It is lower than in the other member states of the Council of Europe. Therefore, Austrian judges have a heavy workload.

    Status and career of judges and prosecutors (incomes, responsibilities)

      Gender issues

An article explains that the proportion of women judges in position of leadership in Austria is the highest in Europe.

    Non-judge staff

An article reports the judges’ and prosecutors’ request for more non-judge staff in courts.

    Fair trial and court activity (clearance rate, disposition time)

Austria and Czech Republic are the only countries in Europe where the “clearance rate” for civil and criminal is higher than 100%. Moreover, some articles mention the short lengths of proceedings. A journalist even declares that, given the short lengths of proceedings in the country, Austria should not be condemned by the European Court of Human Right at all.

    Lawyers

In one article, the President of the Bar Association (RAK) requests the limitation of lawyer’s fee.

    Execution of court decisions

Several articles report the short length of proceeding regarding execution in matter of civil and commercial matter. (129 days compared to the European average of 287 days).