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Evaluation scheme

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.

 

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.

 


Council of Europe’s evaluation report on European judicial systems: the judiciary is unaffected by the crisis

In his evaluation report on the functioning of European judicial systems published on 9 October 2014, the CEPEJ draws on quantitative and qualitative data to outline the main trends observed in 46 European countries. Among the findings to emerge from this report, the fifth of its kind since the CEPEJ was set up in 2002, are the following

- contrasting effects of the economic crisis on the budgets of judicial systems;
- European states spend on average €60 per capita and per year on the functioning of the judicial system;
- increased participation by users in the funding of the public service of justice;
- trend towards outsourcing non-judicial tasks within courts;
- access to justice is improving in Europe:
- there are fewer courts in Europe and a stabilised but uneven number of judges depending on the country;
- the “glass ceiling” remains a reality in the judiciary;
- the courts are generally able to cope with the volume of cases;
- difficulties in processing criminal cases lie mainly at the level of prosecution services;
- functional independence of prosecutors is not a principle shared by all states;
- Europe-wide trend towards privatisation and greater professionalisation in terms of the execution of judgments.

Press review (updated regularly)

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2012-2014 cycle

5th Report - Edition 2014 (2012 data)

Report

Overview of the report

Appendices

Press release

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Interview of Stéphane Leyenberger, Secretary of the CEPEJ

Powerpoint presentation

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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

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CEPEJ Guidelines on Judicial Statistics (GOJUST)

 

PEER REVIEW ON JUDICIAL STATISTICS

 

GT-EVAL

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