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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

United Kingdom

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

A majority of articles praises the British legal aid system and specifies that the United Kingdom is one of the most generous country in term of average amount allocated per case under legal aid.

The British press mentions that the United Kingdom has the lowest number of judges in Europe but this observation is relative, given the large number of non-professional judges in the common law systems. Moreover, an article of the Guardian focuses on the lack of representativeness of judges and on the public confidence into the judicial system.

The British press refers to judges’ income which is the highest in Europe especially regarding Supreme Courts’ judges.

The majority of headlines in the British press mention gender issues. In all articles, journalists state the lack of women – men equality and compare the UK with Azerbaijan which is the only country where women are less represented in the judicial system than in the UK.

Regarding lawyers, a journalist specify the number of lawyers per professional judges which is the most important in Europe. However, this ratio is partly due to the small number of judges.

Link to the Press revue of the publication of the 2012 edition of the evaluation report of European judicial systems.