The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

The "Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize


Created in 2005, the "Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize is a competition aimed at discovering and highlighting innovative and efficient practices used for court organisation or for the conduct of judicial proceedings. 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 system.


The CEPEJ rewards the Judicial Institute for Scotland with the 2015 Crystal Scales of Justice Prize
Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 23.10.2015 - The Judicial Institute for Scotland has just been awarded for an initiative entitled “The Judicial HUB”. The 2015 European Crystal Scales of Justice prize, organised by the Council of Europe, rewarding innovative judicial practices applied by European judicial institutions, has been awarded on 23 October 2015 in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina),  on the occasion of the main event of the European Day of Justice, in presence of: Mr Igor CRNADAK, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe; Mr Josip GRUBEŠA, Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mr Mato JOZIC, Minister of Justice of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mr Anton KASIPOVIC, Minister of Justice of the Serbian Republic Georg STAWA, President of the CEPEJ; the jury members of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize; and the representatives of the four shortlisted initiatives.
The Judicial HUB proposes a virtual environment for training and communication for all actors of the judicial system in Scotland, in the respect of the rules concerning IT security.
Three special mentions have been awarded by equal merit to the following three projects:
Court Administration of the Republic of Latvia, for the project "Recording of court hearings with technical means";
  Dutch Legal Aid Board (The Netherlands), for the project "Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for Relational Disputes";
  High Judicial Council of Serbia, for the project "Model Court Guideline for the Basic and Higher Courts in the Republic of Serbia".

Programme of the event


Motivation of the jury:

- from the President of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize - Fabio Bartolomeo - CEPEJ member (Italy)

- from jury member Dragomir Vukoje - CEPEJ member (Bosnia and Herzegovina)






The next edition of the Prize will be organised in 2017





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 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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