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

Spain

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

    Tour de table: how has the CEPEJ Report “European judicial systems –2012 edition” been received and used in the member States?

In Spain, the report has been published on the websites of the main actors in the field of justice: the The main elements of the intervention: General Council of the Judicatary, Prosecutors, Ministry of Justice. The General Council of Lawyers, through its Brussels delegation, has received the report and referred to it in a significant way. Significant news and articles in judicial press and judicial newsletters have been published. The main data highlighted in the press concerns the reduction of the number of judges in Europe, judicial taxes in Europe, and legal aid per inhabitant in Spain. The representative for Spain underlined that despite the information abowe, it is too early to bserve changes in politics due to the publication of the report in Spain.

    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

Several articles describe the evaluation system of the CEPEJ and the contents of the report.

    Public Expenditures: courts, prosecution system and legal aid

Several articles report the budget allocated to justice.

    Access to justice

        Taxes and court fees

In matter of taxes and court fees, an article reports that Spain has the lowest rate of fees into its budget.

    Courts

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

An article welcomes the effort made by the Spanish judiciary to develop computerisation. Spain increased its budget of 150% between 2008 and 2010 in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT).

    Judges

Several articles mention the low number of judges and their important workload.

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

An article focuses on the judges’ incomes. It is noted that judges and public prosecutors receive 1500 Euros more than the average judges’ incomes in Europe, at the beginning of their careers.

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

An article deals with the judicial backlog and specifies that Spain treats more non contentious cases than it receives. However, the article reports a backlog for contentious cases. The length of proceedings in divorce cases is also discussed.

    Lawyers

Several articles deal with the important number of lawyers in Spain.