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, in the criminal and civil fields.


 

Call for applications for the Council of Europe Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” for innovative practices contributing to the quality of justice


The Council of Europe is organising the award of the annual Crystal Scales of Justice Prize. It is the 8th time that this prize will be awarded.


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 measurable.


The 2015 competition is open to courts, Bar Associations, non-governmental organisations and any other body dealing with judicial affairs in a member State of the Council of Europe or an observer State to the CEPEJ[1].
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 6 July 2015.
For more details, please refer to the CEPEJ website.
Contact: cepej@coe.int

 

Rules of the Prize and application form


 

Follow-up of the initiatives selected in 2014

 

 

 

CRIMINAL & CIVIL JUSTICE

2015

Rules of the Prize and application form

Contacts

2014

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


2010

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

CIVIL JUSTICE

2012

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


2008

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


2006

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
Pictures


2005

2005 winner
The 7 honoured projects

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

2009

Brochure

Winner and honoured projects

Press release

 

European Day of Justice

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