The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

Joint programme "Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the tools of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)" 

2016-2017


 Morocco

   
14 November 2017

Evaluation cycle – participation of Morocco

A meeting with all the persons involved in the data collection process for the next cycle of evaluation of judicial systems carried out by the CEPEJ took place in Rabat on 14 November 2017. The meeting was organized at the initiative of the national correspondent representing Morocco and was attended by representatives of the different services of the concerned ministries, the Superior Council of the Judiciary, the Court of cassation and the Prosecutor General Office. The audience, composed of around 35 persons, reviewed in detail the CEPEJ Evaluation scheme. Mr Abderrafi EROUIHANE, Head of the Studies, Cooperation and Modernization Department of the Ministry of Justice, highlighted the efficient collaboration between CEPEJ and the working group established in Morocco and welcomed the work of the latter. Indeed, Morocco is participating for the first time in the evaluation exercise; only two States having the status of observer with CEPEJ have undertaken such initiative.

   
8 & 9 November 2017

Morocco: Reform of Justice - Court Management and New Roles of Court officers

Around 300 officers of the court officers, as well as the highest authorities from the Ministry of Justice of Morocco had again a meeting on 8 and 9 November in Tangiers, El Jadida and Agadir for a training session on the new roles of heads of jurisdictions. The training is organised within the framework of the project: “Improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the tools of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)", financed by the European Union, co-financed by the Council of Europe, and implemented by the CEPEJ. This session is one of the three sessions of a training cycle that was designed by the CEPEJ in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Morocco and the French National School of Magistrates (ENM). This cycle, started in October 2017, will end in December 2017.
"Morocco is changing (...), the current reform is carried by the judicial officials who are mobilized (...), this reform will give confidence to the citizens in their justice (...)" said Mr. Mohamed Aujjar, Moroccan Minister of Justice, in October on the occasion of the launching of this training cycle. This cycle is composed of three modules: the organisation of a jurisdiction and the role of heads of jurisdiction, management dialogue, managing human resources, as well as managing budgets and property, security and communications. The European Union is committed alongside the Kingdom of Morocco with a programme to support financially the justice sector to assist with the implementation of the justice reform resulting in a major institutional reorganisation of the administration of justice. The heads of courts will be the first to benefit from this reform which in particular, aims to promote greater efficiency and improve the quality of the public service of justice on a day-to-day basis. This training is a follow-up of the work carried out by the CEPEJ with numerous Moroccan courts since 2012, in the framework of programs financed by the European Union.

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10-11 October 2017

The Moroccan heads of jurisdiction and judicial authorities trained for three months on modern court management techniques

In the framework of the “Programme to support the justice sector reform" funded by the European Union, with its European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), the Council of Europe is implementing a two-year project with the Moroccan judicial authorities to improve the functioning of justice in Morocco on the basis of the tools developed by the CEPEJ. In the framework of this project, a training cycle started this week, on 10 and 11 October 2017. It was addressed to nearly 300 judicial authorities from the courts, as well as the highest authorities from the Ministry of Justice and the High Council of the Moroccan judiciary. This training was organised by the Moroccan Ministry of Justice and the CEPEJ, in partnership with the French National School of Magistrates (ENM). This training is based on three modules, which will include two additional sessions, on 8-9 November and 12-13 December. These modules concern the organisation of a jurisdiction and the role of heads of jurisdiction, management dialogue, managing human resources, as well as managing budgets and property, security and communications.The training took place simultaneously in 3 different places in Morocco: Tangier, El Jadida and Agadir. The Moroccan Minister of Justice attended the training in El Jadida. In his address, the Minister of Justice stressed the importance and necessity of the on-going reforms in the field of justice. He also underlined that these reforms are and will continue to be implemented under the supervision of all judicial authorities - in this respect, the Minister expressed his pride in the professionalism and efforts already deployed by judicial authorities to ensure the success of the reforms. The European Union is committed alongside the Kingdom of Morocco to support the implementation of the reform of the judiciary which results in a major institutional reorganisation of the administration of justice. Heads of courts are the first concerned by this reform, which aims, in particular, to promote greater efficiency and improve the quality of the public service of justice on a day-to-day basis. This training is a follow-up to the work carried out by the CEPEJ with numerous Moroccan courts since 2012, in the framework of programs financed by the European Union.

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6 September 2017 Three Moroccan pilot courts attended the 12th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ Network of Pilot Courts in Norway
The Courts of Appeal of Fès and Marrakech, together with the Administrative Court of Rabat were represented at the 12th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ Network of Pilot Courts, which was held in Kristiansand (Norway) on 6 September 2017. The meeting provided an opportunity for the pilot courts to exchange, inter alia, those good practices implemented to guarantee an appropriate judicial time management and the quality of the justice service.
Agenda of the meeting of the pilot courts
   
11-12 July 2017 Supporting mission for the revision of the organization chart of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice
On 11 and 12 July 2017 a CEPEJ team visited Rabat in a supporting mission for the revision of the organization chart of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice. This mission was carried out at the request of the Ministry following the recent establishment of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (Conseil supérieur du pouvoir judiciaire, CSPJ), which demands a new distribution of powers. On this occasion, the different mechanisms of functioning within the judicial institutions of France, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal were presented.
Programme (French only)
   
6-7 July 2017

CEPEJ visit to Morocco in the framework of the implementation of the strategic plan of the Court of Cassation of Rabat

A team of experts from the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) will visit the Court of Cassation of Rabat (Morocco) to analyse its functioning and performance. This activity is organised in the framework of the Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the CEPEJ tools which is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

   
30 June 2017

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice of Morocco met the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

On the occasion of the plenary meeting of the CEPEJ, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice of Morocco, Mr Abdelilah Lahkim Bennani, met with Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Ms Battaini-Dragoni thanked both the Minister of Justice, Mr Mohamed Aujjar and Mr Bennani for the quality the work carried out in the field of co-operation with the CEPEJ. She further welcomed the decision of Morocco to participate, for the first time this year, in the CEPEJ evaluation exercise of judicial systems and, more globally, congratulated them for the current ongoing reforms in the field of justice which seek to establish a modern, quick and impartial system.

   
29-30 June 2017 Morocco participated in the CEPEJ 29th plenary meeting
A Moroccan delegation, composed of two representatives of the Ministry of Justice and one representative of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (Conseil supérieur du pouvoir judiciaire), attended the CEPEJ 29th plenary meeting, which was held on 29 and 30 June 2017 in Strasbourg. During the meeting, the participants were informed about the work in progress in the different CEPEJ working groups (evaluation of judicial systems; judicial time management; quality of justice; mediation) and about the developments of the CEPEJ cooperation projects.
Meeting report
   
17-18 May 2017 The CEPEJ holds high level talks in Rabat on 17 and 18 May 2017
A delegation of the CEPEJ held consultations in Rabat with the new Minister of Justice, Mohamed Aujjar, and with the Delegated President of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (Conseil supérieur du pouvoir judiciaire, CSPJ) and First President of the Cassation Court of Morocco, Mustapha Fares. The talks provided an opportunity to redefine the cooperation programme’s activities following the establishment of the CSPJ at the beginning of April 2017.
   
16 May 2017

Workshop on « General Inspectorate of Judicial Affairs: comparing experiences », Rabat 16 May 2017

The workshop - jointly organised by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Moroccan Ministry of Justice (MoJ) - provided an opportunity for approximately 30 participants (including several representatives of the Inspectorate of the MoJ) to exchange views on various models, roles and missions of Judicial Inspections, on the basis of specific and practical examples of the French, Italian and Portuguese Inspection bodies.
Programme (in French only)

   
3-5 May 2017 A Moroccan delegation participated in the CEPEJ working group meeting on the evaluation of judicial systems (GT-EVAL) and in the meeting of the national correspondents, which took place from 3 to 5 May 2017 in Strasbourg
The aim of the GT-EVAL meeting was to launch the next CEPEJ evaluation cycle, where Morocco will participate as CEPEJ observer for the first time. This evaluation cycle will lead to the publication, in 2018, of the CEPEJ “European judicial systems – Efficiency and quality of justice” report, which will be based on the 2016 data. The meeting of the CEPEJ national correspondents in charge of collecting data on judicial systems was an opportunity to introduce the new data collection and analysis tool, as well as the developments of the CEPEJ data processing system.
Agenda of the meeting of the Working group on evaluation of judicial systems (3 and 5 May)
Agenda of the meeting of the national correspondents of the CEPEJ (4 May)
   
21 April 2017

Round table on “The role of judicial experts in courts” - Rabat (Morocco), 21 April 2017

This round table, organised jointly by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Ministry of Justice, was the opportunity for about 25 participants (from the Ministry of Justice, the pilot courts, the Higher Judicial Institute, the Moroccan National Council of judicial experts and the Moroccan National Federation of judicial experts) to have an exchange of views with experts of the CEPEJ and of the European Expertise and Expert Institute (EEEI) on issues linked to the judicial expertise in Morocco, in view to identify possible solutions.
Programme (in French only)

   
19-20 April 2017

CEPEJ court coaching mission to Morocco - 19 and 20 April 2017

A mixed team of CEPEJ and Moroccan experts went to Casablanca, Rabat, Fès and Marrakech for a series of interviews with representatives of 8 pilots courts (Courts of Appeal of Casablanca and Rabat, Courts of First Instance of El Jadida, Fès, Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Oujda, and the Administrative Tribunal of Rabat), in the framework of the follow-up of the projects, which were launched in these courts. In addition the CEPEJ experts met with representatives of the Ministry of Justice to discuss the “thematic report based on the visits of the Moroccan pilot courts during 2012-2016” (synthesis in the fields of case processing timeframes and quality of judicial services). This mission was also aimed at starting two new projects with the Courts of Appeal of Fès and Marrakech. For the first time, one of these projects will focus on the implementation of the CEPEJ guidelines for prosecutors in the field of case processing timeframes.
Mission’s programme (in French only)

   
29 March 2017

“Performance in court archives’ management” Workshop, Rabat

This workshop, jointly organised by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Ministry of Justice and Liberties, provided an opportunity for approximately 40 participants (senior officials from the Ministry and judges of the CEPEJ pilot courts) to exchange views, and gain a better understanding and insight into the following issues: the definition of court archives; retention periods of court archives; destruction of court archives (processes and methods); and the digitalization of court archives.
Programme (in French only)

   
27 March 2017

Launching of Morocco’s participation to the CEPEJ evaluation cycles – Efficiency and quality of judicial systems by the Minister of Justice and Liberties of Morocco, Mr El Mostafa Ramid

The Minister of Justice and Liberties of Morocco, Mr El Mostafa Ramid, chaired the launching event of Morocco’s participation to the CEPEJ evaluation cycles on 27 March 2017. On this occasion, the President of the Working group on evaluation of judicial systems, Mr Jean-Paul Jean presented the potentialities for Morocco in using the new tool of CEPEJ-STAT. A meeting with all relevant stakeholders who will be involved in the data collection for the next evaluation cycle will also take place on 27 and 28 March 2017 in Rabat.

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More information about Evaluation of judicial systems

   
22 March 2017

The general Consul of Morocco in Strasbourg receives a delegation of the CEPEJ Secretariat

On 22 March 2017, the Consul general of Morocco in Strasbourg received, at the Consulate of Morocco in Strasbourg, a delegation of the CEPEJ Secretariat headed by the Co-Secretary to the CEPEJ. The objective of the meeting was to review the state of cooperation between the CEPEJ and Morocco under the "Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the tools of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)".
Meeting participants:
- Mr Mohammed Arrouchi, general Consul of Morocco in Strasbourg and Ms Meryam Nassif, Vice Consul of Morocco in Strasbourg
- Ms Muriel Décot, Co-Secretary to the CEPEJ, and Ms Muriel Iseli, Project Coordinator

   
2-3 March 2017 A Moroccan delegation attended the 21st meeting of the Steering Group of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management
A Moroccan delegation, including one representative of the Ministry of Justice and Liberties and for the first time, one member of the Conseil supérieur du pouvoir judiciaire (CSPJ, Higher Judicial Council), attended the 21st meeting of the Steering Group of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management (CEPEJ-SATURN), held in Strasbourg on 2 and 3 March 2017.
Agenda
   
9-10 February 2017 A Moroccan delegation attended the 21st meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on the Quality of Justice (GT-QUAL)
A delegation composed of a representative of the Ministry of Justice and a representative of the Higher Judicial Institute of Morocco attended the 21st meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on the Quality of Justice (GT-QUAL). During the meeting the Working Group discussed, inter alia, the means of communication of courts with the media and the general public, and the issue of an effective communication of courts in situations of crisis.
Agenda
   
6-7 December 2016  A Moroccan delegation attended the 28th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ
A representative of the Ministry of Justice of Morocco, and the President of Marrakech First Instance Court attended the 28th CEPEJ plenary meeting, which took place in Strasbourg on 6 and 7 December 2016. On this occasion, the CEPEJ measured the impact of the 2016 “European judicial systems” report (CEPEJ Studies No. 23, published in October 2016), and it launched the new 2016-2018 evaluation cycle. In addition, the CEPEJ adopted a document which defines the indicators that measure the quality of justice and the procedures’ timeframes. The CEPEJ also adopted the guidelines on how to manage changes towards the cyberjustice.
Meeting report (including the list of participants)
   
5 December 2016 A Moroccan delegation attended the "Cyberjustice Europe 2016" conference in Strasbourg on 5 December 2016
With the publication of a thematic report on the use of information technology in the European courts, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) took a step towards a systematic and in-depth understanding of the impact of digitalisation on the role and functioning of justice systems. In order to further develop this work, the CEPEJ agreed to be a partner in the first "Cyberjustice Europe 2016" conference, organised by the French Institute of Higher Studies on Justice (IHEJ), and by the Cyberjustice Laboratory of Montreal (Canada). The conference was hosted at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 5 December 2016, and for the first time it brought together actors and experts from around the world, using the already-gained experience of the Canadian Cyberjustice Laboratory. The conference was also an opportunity to contribute to the development of modernised judicial systems, based on the principle of the Rule of Law that underpins justice.
Programme
   
22 November 2016 Presentation by Mr Jean-Paul Jean, President of the working group on the evaluation of judicial systems, of the methodology of the GT-EVAL and of the 2016 edition of the evaluation report of judicial systems to the representatives of the Morrocan Ministree of Justice and of freedom (Rabat)
Mr. Jean-Paul Jean, President of the working group on the evaluation of judicial systems (GT EVAL), presented the GT-EVAL methodology and the evaluation report of judicial systems for 2016 to the attention of The Minister, the central directors of the Ministry of Justice, the judicial officials, and the statistical engineers entrusted with the compilation of the evaluation grid.
   
17-18 November 2016 Participation of a Moroccan delegation to the plenary meeting of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) (Strasbourg)
A delegation composed of representatives of the Prosecutors of the King and the Moroccan Ministry of Justice participated in the 11th plenary meeting of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors.
   
8-10 Novembre 2016 Participation of a Moroccan delegation to the plenary meeting of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) (Strasbourg)
A delegation composed of representatives of magistrates and of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice participated in the 17th plenary meeting of the Consultative Council of European Judges.
   
24-28 October 2016 Joint court-coaching mission of the team of the CEPEJ at the new pilot courts: El Jadida, Casablanca, Marrakech, Oujda, Fez, and Ouarzazate (Morocco)
A court-coaching mission with a joint team of CEPEJ and Moroccan experts - representatives respectively of the courts, the Ministry of Justice, and the High School of the Judiciary - visited 6 new pilot courts : El Jadida, Casablanca, Marrakech, Oujda, Fez, and Ouarzazate. A follow-up meeting with the Court of Appeal in Fez has also taken place to follow the evolution of this court since the last mission.
Programme
   
18-19 October 2016 Participation of a Moroccan delegation to the meeting of the Working group on evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) (Strasbourg)
A delegation composed of representatives of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice participated in the 31st meeting of the Working Group on evaluation of judicial systems.
   
28 September 2016 1st Steering Committee (Rabat)
The 1st Steering Committee of the programme was held in Rabat on the 28th September 2016, with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Delegation of the European Union and the Council of Europe.
Agenda
   
27-29 September 2016

Joint mission to Rabat of the CEPEJ, the CCPE and the Venice Commission

A team of CEPEJ, CCPE, CCJE and Venice Commission experts visited Rabat from 27 to 29 September 2016 to meet the authorities of the Ministry of Justice for a benchmarking exercise on the Councils of Justice and the statute of magistrates.

Agenda

   
21 septembre 2016 Participation of a Moroccan delegation of magistrates to the meeting of the Network of Pilot courts of the CEPEJ (Strasbourg)
A delegation composed of representatives of Moroccan pilot courts participated in the 11th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ pilot courts network
   
20 et 22 septembre 2016 Participation of a Moroccan delegation to the meeting of the Steering group of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management (CEPEJ-SATURN) (Strasbourg)
AA delegation composed of representatives of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice participated in the 20th meeting of the SATURN Steering Group for judicial time management (CEPEJ-SATURN)
   
1 July 2016 After the plenary meeting of the CEPEJ to which representatives of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice and Freedom participated, a bilateral meeting has been held
Programme
   
25-26 May 2016

Training in Morocco on court management and on the implementation of the CEPEJ tools

On 25 and 26 May 2016, the CEPEJ experts travelled to Rabat (Morocco) for a two-day training on the implementation of the CEPEJ tools in the field of quality of justice, judicial experts, courts’ organisation and accessibility, court management, and the draft code on judicial organisation. A working plan comprising the CEPEJ, the Higher Institute of Magistrates and the Ministry of Justice and Freedom is being set up.


Programme of the training session of 25 May 2016
Programme of the training session of 26 May 2016

   
21 and 22 April 2016 A delegation of High level representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Freedom of Morocco participated to the High-Level Conference of Ministers of Justice and representatives of the Judiciary in Sofia (Bulgaria).
   
22 April 2016 A delegation from Morocco participated to the meeting of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management. This meeting has been followed by a bilateral meeting in the framework of the co-operation between the CEPEJ and Morocco
Agenda of the meeting of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre
Agenda of the bilateral meeeting
 

 

30 March - 1st April 2016

The CEPEJ is strengthening its co-operation with Morocco

Since 2012, the CEPEJ is actively implicated in the reform of the judicial system of Morocco. After some former regional programmes, the “Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the tools of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)“, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe aims at improving the functioning of the daily public service of justice ensured by courts for Moroccan citizens, in conformity with the Charter concerning the reform of the judicial system and with the Operational global plan elaborated by the Ministry of Justice for its implementation. In this framework, a meeting with the team of CEPEJ experts and the representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Freedom and of the Higher Council of Magistrates of Morocco took place in Rabat on 30 March and 1 April 2016. This meeting has been followed by an exchange with the representatives of the administrative Court of Rabat and of the Court of Appeal of Rabat concerning the CEPEJ report on judicial timeframes and quality.
Programme

   
  LINK TO THE CEPEJ WEBSITE OF THE "SOUTH PROGRAMME 2" (2015-2017)
LINK TO THE CEPEJ WEBSITE OF THE "SOUTH PROGRAMME 1" (2012-2014) [in French]

 

Training Kit

 

You will find on the page below all the training tools and methodology developed by the CEPEJ and put at the disposal of the trainers in the Morrocan courts for an improved efficiency and quality of Justice in Morocco.

 

Link to the training kit, available in Arabic and French

 

 

 

Reference documents

- Project action description

 

 

CEPEJ documents translated into Arabic

 

Overview of the CEPEJ (information leaflet)

SATURN revised guidelines for judicial time management (CEPEJ(2014)16) - 12 December 2014

The 15 main guidelines of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management

Handbook (summary of the methodology) for the implementation of the tools of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management

A model of report concerning judicial time management

Guidelines on the role of court-appointed experts in judicial proceedings of Council of Europe's Member States (CEPEJ(2014)14), 12 December 2014

Handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys aimed at Court users in Council of Europe's member States (CEPEJ(2010)1 - 26 novembre 2010)

Handbook for satisfaction surveys aimed at lawyers (CEPEJ(2010)1)

Checklist for promoting the quality of justice and the courts (CEPEJ(2008)2), 3 juillet 2008

Recommandation CM/Rec(2010)12 on judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities (17 November 2010)

Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing Council of Europe's recommendation on enforcement (CEPEJ(2009)11Rev2) - 17 December 2009)

 

Contacts

Council of Europe in Strasbourg:

Micol Eminente, Project manager

e-mail: Micol.Eminente@coe.int

Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 59 34

 

Council of Europe office in Morocco:

Mehdi Remili
Head of Office

Espace les Patios
Bâtiment B1 - 5ème étage 2A
Avenue Annakhil - Hay Riad
10000 Rabat
Tel: +212 537 57 5000

e-mail: conseil-europe.rabat@coe.int