The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

Evaluation of European Judicial Systems

The statute of the CEPEJ emphasizes the comparison of judicial systems and the exchange of knowledge on their functioning. The scope of this comparison is broader than ‘just’ efficiency in a narrow sense: it also emphasizes the quality and the effectiveness of justice.

In order to fulfil these tasks, the CEPEJ has undertaken a regular process for evaluating judicial systems of the Council of Europe's member states.

Its Working Group on the evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) is in charge of the management of this process.

To facilitate the process of collecting and processing judicial data, an online electronic version of the Scheme has been created. Each national correspondent can thus accede to a secured webpage to register and to submit the relevant replies to the Secretariat of the CEPEJ.

The 2014 Edition of the report, which will be published in 2014, will be based on figures from 2012.


National replies also contain descriptions of legal systems and explanations that contribute greatly to the understanding of the figures provided. They are therefore a useful complement to the report, although because of the need to be concise and consistent, it was not possible to include all this information in this report. Thus, a genuine data base on the judicial systems of the Council of Europe's member states is easily accessible to all citizens, policy makers, law practitioners, academicians and researchers.


In the meantime, the States, if they wish, have the possibility to update some key data. As for the previous cycle and from the information contained in the report, the CEPEJ wished to complete this stage of knowledge of the judicial systems by a stage of deepened analysis of some topics.



Press conference – publication of the CEPEJ Evaluation Report of European Judicial Systems on 9 October

The CEPEJ will publish its 5th Evaluation Report on the functioning of European judicial systems on 9 October 2014. On this occasion, a press conference will be held in the Council of Europe Paris office (55 Avenue Kléber) on 9 October at 11 am in the presence, in particular, of the President of the CEPEJ, Mr John Stacey, and the President of the Working group on Evaluation of Judicial Systems, Mr Jean-Paul Jean. Please contact the press contacts below if you wish to participate in this press conference. A short video presentation of the 2014 Report on the Evaluation of the functioning of European judicial systems will be available for downloading on the Council of Europe website as from 9 am.
Press contacts:
Directorate of Communication in Strasbourg:
Council of Europe liaison office in Brussels:







2012-2014 cycle

5th Report - Edition 2014 (2012 data)

Evaluation scheme

Explanatory note

Key judicial indicators

Former cycles

- 2012 -

Evaluation report on European judicial systems (completed version)

Appendix: additional tables

Overview of the evaluation report of European judicial systems

Judicial systems of the European Union countries - Analysis of data by the CEPEJ by Jean-Paul Jean, Advocate General at the Court of Cassation and Associate Professor at the University of Poitiers with Hélène Jorry, Expert on European Union law and Associate expert in the CEPEJ (June 2013) - CEPEJ Studies No. 19

Press review
Complete files

CEPEJ Guidelines on Judicial Statistics (GOJUST)





Terms of reference
Composition of the Working Group
Meeting reports