The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

Measuring performance of judicial systems and Courts

This file is based on a  study session organised by the CEPEJ on 9 December 2009. 

The contributions have been published in the 6th CEPEJ Newsletter (March 2010).

Note: The documents conserved their origial oral form as presented during the 14th CEPEJ plenary meeting on 9 and 10 December 2009 in Strasbourg.


General introduction: justice as a public service

Jean-Paul JEAN, Prosecutor, Court of Appeal of Paris, Associated Professor at the Law faculty of Poitiers, France, Chairman of the CEPEJ-GT-EVAL

How to measure court performance while safeguarding the fundamental principles of justice ?

François PAYCHERE, Judge at the Court of justice of the Geneva canton, Switzerland, Chairman of the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL

Is there a relationship between court size and court performance ?

Georg STAWA, Public Prosecutor, Directorate for Central Administration and Coordination, Federal Ministry of Justice, Austria, Member of the CEPEJ-GT-EVAL

Is it possible to measure court performance? The lessons from the evaluation system in the Netherlands

Frans van der DOELEN, Programme Manager, Department of the Justice System, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands, Member of the CEPEJ-GT-EVAL

Towards CEPEJ's indicators of court performance? Presentation of preliminary works

Georg STAWA, Public Prosecutor, Directorate for Central Administration and Coordination, Federal Ministry of Justice, Austria, Member of the CEPEJ-GT-EVAL

New management policies in the courts of the Russian Federation

Vyacheslav PANTELEEV, President of the Odintsovo City Court of the Moscow Region


Other useful links

Contribution from MEDEL to the study session on measuring performance in judicial systems and Courts (in French)

Brian Ostrom, Why Measure? Five Reasons to Assess Court Performance

Examples of Court Performance Measurement Tools, Appendix B in: International Framework for Court Excellence

Robert D. Behn, Why Measure Performance? Different Purposes Require Different Measures, Public Administration Review, September/October 2003, Vol. 63, No 5, 586-606

Richard Y. Schauffler, Judicial accountability in the US State courts, Measuring court performance

 Trial Court performance Standards and Measurement system of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC)