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CONFERENCE

Towards an ideal trial :
few examples of the most successful judicial civil
proceedings in europe

(Brussels, 18-20 November 2004)

Jointly organised by
the European Commission and the Council of Europe

DRAFT PROGRAMME
Updated: 9/11/04

Thursday 18 November 2004

14.00   WELCOME AND REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS

14.30  OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE

Mr. Antonio CAVACO, Head of the Cabinet of M. VITORINO, Member of the European Commission – Justice and Home Affairs

Mr. Guy DE VEL, Director General of Legal Affairs, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

Mr. Alvaro GIL-ROBLES, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

15.15 The work of the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of the functioning of judicial systems

Mr. Olivier TELL, Principal Administrator in charge of the European Judicial Network in civil matters, European Commission

Mr. Eberhard DESCH, President of the European Commission for the Efficiency of justice (CEPEJ)

15.45 Break

16.15 NEW WAYS TO SUBMIT A CASE TO COURT

Panel chaired by Mr. Jonathan GOLDSMITH, Secretary General of the CCBE, Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union

The use of 'electronic submission forms' and any other ways of electronic communications to send a claim to a civil court

The Austrian experience – Mr. Martin SCHNEIDER, Head of the Department for organisation, Federal Ministry of Justice of Austria.

16.35 The role of the lawyer: New practices concerning ways to send claims to civil courts in Europe

Ms Isabel MATEU, Lawyer, Bufete Mullerat, Barcelona, Spain

16.45 Discussion with the panel
Mr. Jonathan GOLDSMITH
Mr. Martin SCHNEIDER
Ms Isabel MATEU
Mr Marco FABRI, Senior Researcher at the Research Institute on Judicial Systems of the Italian National Research Council
M. Philippe ADRIAENSEN, Judge at the Court of Appeal of Antwerp (Belgium)

18.00 End of session

Friday 19 November 2004

09.30 SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURES

Panel chaired by Mr Mário TENREIRO, Head of Unit Civil Justice, European Commission

The management of small cases

The United Kingdom experience – – His Honour Judge Nick MADGE, United Kingdom

09h50 The payment order

The German experience – Mr. Klaus EHMANN, Ministry of Justice, Land of Baden-Württemberg

10.05 Break

11.00 The use of 'short-track civil proceedings'

The Dutch experience (the emergency interim proceedings/ ‘kort-geding’) – Mr. Harry WITSIERS, judge, District court of Middelburg, The Netherlands

11.15 Discussion with the panel
Mr Mário TENREIRO
His Honour Judge Nick MADGE
Mr. Klaus EHMAN
Mr. WITSIERS
Ms Sandra STRENCE, Chairman of Riga District Court (Latvia)
Mr Miguel Angel CASAŃ LLOPIS, Judge in the Court of first instance of Valencia (Spain)
Ms Raymonde PONCIN-SCHEUREN, Head Clerk of the District Court of Diekirch (Luxembourg)

13.00 Lunch

14.30 TOWARDS A MODERNIZED PRETRIAL PREPARATION OF CIVIL CASES

Panel chaired by Mr. Ales ZALAR, President of the Court of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 'active' or 'passive' role of the judge in civil proceedings

The Scottish experience – Mr. James TAYLOR, Sheriff in Glasgow

14.50 From the preliminary investigation to the consideration of the verdict: how to manage civil litigation more efficiently?

The French experience – Ms Marie-Dominique TRAPET, Judge, Tribunal of Grande Instance of Paris

15.05 How to make proof management more efficient during civil proceedings?

The Portuguese experience – Mr. Jose Fernando SALAZAR CASANOVA ABVANTES, Judge

15.20 Discussion with the panel
Mr. Ales ZALAR
Mr. James TAYLOR
Ms Marie-Dominique TRAPET
Mr. Jose Fernando Salazar Casanova ABVANTES
Ms Galina BOSTAN, Chair of the Corruption Analysis and Prevention Centre, Professor of Civil and Commercial Law at the Ecomonics Academy (Moldova)
Mr Jozef ANGELOVIC, Vice Chair of the Regional Court of Presov (Slovakia)

16.30 Break

16.45 THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE JUDGMENT

Panel chaired by Mr. Guy DE VEL, Director General of Legal Affairs, Council of Europe

Innovative practices as regards the enforcement of judgments

The Canadian experience Ms Daničle MENARD, Federal Ministry of Justice, Canada

The Swedish experience – Mr. Mickael BERGLUND, Enforcement Department of the Taxes Office, Stockholm

17.20 Discussion with the panel
Mr. Guy DE VEL
Ms Daničle MENARD
Mr. Mickael BERGLUND
Mr. Bernard MENUT (France), Bailiff, Secretary of the UIHJ, France
M. Tadeusz ERECINSKI, Vice-Chair of the Supreme Court (Poland)

18.00 End of the session

Saturday 20 November 2004

09.30 FUTURE STAKES FOR A BETTER JUSTICE

Panel chaired by Mr. Francisco FONSECA MORILLO, Director, Civil Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission

The key participants in the ideal trial

Mr. Jean-Claude MAGENDIE, President of the Tribunal of Grande Instance of Paris, France

09.50 Is it really possible to render fair justice faster?

Mr. Hans-Jürgen HELLWIG, President of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE)

Mr. Louis DENECKER, Vice-Chair of the International Association of Judges

10.20 A new objective for judicial systems: the processing of each case within an optimum and foreseeable timeframe

Mr. Alan UZELAC, Professor at Zagreb University (Croatia)

10.35 Break

10.50 Discussion with the panel
Mr Francisco FONSECA MORILLO
Mr Jean-Claude MAGENDIE
Mr Hans-Jürgen HELLWIG
Mr Alan UZELAC
Mr Gabriele GUARDA, Chair of the European Union of Rechtspfleger (EUR)

12.10 CONCLUSIONS

Mr. Mario TENREIRO, Head of the Civil Justice Unit, European Commission

12.30 Closing Session

Mr. Francisco FONSECA MORILLO, Director, Civil Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission