The "Crystal Scales of
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
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
organisation. In 2013, the Crystal Scales of Justice has not
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.
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