The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

The "Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize


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 system.


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 and the courts' organisation. In 2013, the Crystal Scales of Justice has not been organised.


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.


The Prize awarding ceremony and presentation of the selected projects will take place in Aveiro (Portugal) on 16 October 2014, in presence of the State Secretary of Justice, Mr António Costa Moura, on the occasion of the VIth National Congress of Solicitadores.


The list of the selected initiatives for the Prize awarding ceremony will be published by the end of September 2014.







Rules of the Prize and application form



Winner and selected initiatives, press releases, picture gallery and speeches)




Winner and selected initiatives, press releases, picture gallery and speeches) 


Winner and honoured projects
Picture gallery
Video message by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, DSG of the Council of Europe [fr]


Winner and honoured projects

Interview of Dr Kirchgatterer on the impact of the prize for the Service§center of Civil and District Court of Linz


2005 winner
The 7 honoured projects





Winner and honoured projects

Press release


European Day of Justice

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