The "Crystal Scales of
Created in 2005, the "Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize
is a competition aimed at discovering and highlighting innovative and efficient
practices concerning the functioning of justice, judicial
procedures or the organisation of courts.
These practices are
conducted in European jurisdictions (for example, initiatives devised by a court president, a registry, a Bar).
They are drawn to the attention of policy-makers and the judicial
community so as to improve the functioning of the public justice
In 2017, the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize awarding
ceremony will take place in Edinburgh (Scotland) on 37
October 2017, in the framework of the celebration of the
European Day of Justice.
Candidates must introduce the application form before
15 June 2017 to participate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
via the application form appended to the Rules of the
Call for applications for the Council of
Europe Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” for innovative
practices contributing to the efficiency and quality of
Strasbourg, 13.03.2017 – The Council of Europe is
organising the 9th edition of the Crystal Scales of
The aim of the prize is to identify and promote
innovative practices regarding the conduct of
proceedings, court organisation and the functioning of
court systems in general. To be eligible for
consideration, the practices nominated must have been
implemented recently and they should be easily usable by
other States or jurisdictions. Their efficiency must be
The 2017 competition is open to courts, Bar
Associations, non-governmental organisations and any
other bodies dealing with judicial affairs in a member
State of the Council of Europe or an observer State to
Applications must meet the eligibility criteria as
specified in the Rules of the Prize, and be submitted to
the Council of Europe, preferably electronically,
by 15 June 2017.
The Prize awarding ceremony will take place in
Edinburgh (Scotland) on 27 October 2017 in the framework
of the European Day of Justice.