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Evaluation scheme

Collection of judicial statistics: organising the national data collection system on the basis of the CEPEJ instruments

Each court in the Council of Europe member states has a duty to deliver its judgments within a reasonable time and with optimum quality. Statistics are instruments whereby the caseload of a court can be effectively managed. The CEPEJ has laid down statistical standards.

Essentially it is a matter of each court, whether or not computerised, being able to produce the following elementary data:

It is also necessary for each court to know its staff numbers (judges, clerks, administrative and other staff) in full-time equivalent having assisted in the handling of proceedings during the monitored period.

On the basis of the elementary figures mentioned above, various useful indicators can be calculated, in particular:

Finally, the CEPEJ has selected the following four types of case: litigious divorce, dismissal, robbery and intentional homicide. These are cases that occur in the great majority of European states, having an immediate impact on the citizens in their daily lives and a common definition at European level:


Judicial statistics officers are invited to incorporate the four above-mentioned types of cases into the existing statistics as they correspond to the European standards and will be consistently called for in the years ahead, particularly in the CEPEJ’s statistical tables.

Jacques Bühler, Doctor of Law

Chair of the Steering group of the SATURN Centre (judicial time management) of the CEPEJ