The "Crystal Scales of
Since 2005, the Council of Europe and the European Commission are
organising together a competition to discover and highlight innovative and efficient
practices used in European courts for court organisation or for
the conduct of judicial proceedings (for example, initiatives devised by a court president, a registry, a Bar) and deserving
to be drawn to the attention of policy-makers and the judicial
community so as to improve the functioning of the public justice
In the past, the Prize concerned either criminal (2009) or civil
justice (2005, 2006 and 2008). For the first time in 2010, the "Crystal Scales of Justice"
Prize covered at the same time the fields of criminal and civil justice.
In 2012, for this 6th
edition, the Prize again covered the
civil justice field, and in particular innovative practices in
the field of civil justice, aimed to improve efficiency and
functioning of the judicial system, procedures
organisation. In 2013, the Crystal Scales of Justice has not
Since 2014, the Council of Europe is organising the
Crystal Scales of Justice on its own. The deadline to
submit the applications was the 15 June 2014.
Publication of the final selection
2014 European Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” will be
delivered on 16 October in Aveiro (Portugal) on the occasion of
the European Day of Justice.
The four projects selected
by the jury, to be presented in depth are:
A central Database for Justice (E-File), Ministry of
An accelerated familial procedure, Family affairs courts
and Bar, Berlin, Germany
European Courts weblog and European law newsletters,
Amsterdam Court of Appeal, The Netherlands
Online legal aid: Better solutions for people’s rights,
General Council of Spanish Bars, Spain
Crystal Scales of Justice Prize will be awarded to one
of these 4 projects and the 3 others will be awarded a
special mention from the jury.
The prize awarding
ceremony, which is open to the press and the public,
will begin at 2.30 pm, in the presence of the State
Secretary of Justice of Portugal, the President of the
CEPEJ, some of the jury members and Council of Europe
representatives. It will be followed by a press
conference at the Centro Cultural e de Congressos, Cais
da Fonte Nova, 3810-200 Aveiro (Portugal).