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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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).