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The news... (23/10/2017)


Assessment of the ICT tools applied by the Slovakian judicial system

As part of the co-operation project “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the Slovak judicial system”, the CEPEJ conducted a mission to the Slovak Republic from 10 to12 October 2017. The main objective of this visit was to assess the concept, functionalities, practical use and benefits, as well as the eventual deficiencies of the information and communication technology (ICT) systems and tools currently implemented in the Slovak judiciary. The CEPEJ experts met with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, of its Analytical Centre, and of regional and district courts of Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, Košice, Trnava etc. The incorporation of information and communication technologies into the justice system without distorting its underlying purpose and values must be acknowledged. Therefore, the CEPEJ experts provided information and good practices, based on the experiences, and discussed the difficulties of introducing high-tech solutions envisaged for the Slovak judiciary with the relevant stakeholders. This “peer review” process will result in a report illustrating the view of CEPEJ experts on the existing Slovak judicial ICT systems, underlining the aspects that may be improved in line with the CEPEJ recommendations.
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European Day of Justice 2017, celebrated on 25 October

On the occasion of the European Day of Justice on 25 October 2017, an interview of Stéphane Leyenberger, Secretary of the European Commission for the efficiency of the justice (CEPEJ), will be broadcasted live by the Council of Europe on Facebook as from 12:00. This year, local, national and international events will take place in 20 member states of the Organisation. As a reminder, this day aims to bring justice closer to citizens, to inform them about their rights and promote the work of the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of justice through simulation of procedures and information sessions. It is aimed at European citizens, students and people who work in the field of justice. In France, for example, the Notaries of France plan to hold a live information session on Facebook for an audience of expats. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, courts will open their doors to citizens, people who work in the field of justice and students. Another example is in  Lithuania, where the courts all over the country will answer citizens' legal questions and present their activities. Representatives of the Council of Europe will celebrate the European Day of Justice on the occasion of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize awarding ceremony which will be held at the Judicial Institute of Scotland (United Kingdom) on 27 October 217. The list of events organised in Europe can be consulted on the CEPEJ website.
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Vice-President of the CEPEJ discusses the on-going reorganisation of the court map and the standards for courthouses with the main actors of the justice sector from the Republic of Moldova

In accordance with a request of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova relating to the on-going reorganisation of the national courts, the Vice-President of the CEPEJ, Mr Ramin Gurbanov, visited Chisinau on 12 October 2017. The CEPEJ tools such as the Guidelines on the creation of judicial maps to support access to justice within a quality judicial system as well as the Guidelines on the organisation and accessibility of court premises were presented and discussed. Taking into account the interest of Moldovan authorities in the recent positive experience of Azerbaijan in the establishing a modern court infrastructure, an Azerbaijani delegation conducted detailed presentations on organisation and accessibility of court premises in Azerbaijan, especially related to the planning, building, equipping and functioning of new court premises, and shared with Moldova colleagues information on the related challenges and lessons learned. During the visit, Mr Ramin Gurbanov held bilateral meetings with Mr Vladimir Cebotari, Minister of Justice, Mr Mihai Poalelungi, President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Mr Victor Micu, President of the Superior Council of Magistrates. The delegation also visited the recently enlarged and refurbished building of the Chisinau Court of Appeal. The results of this mission were highly appreciated by the Moldovan counterparts. The activity was organised as a follow up to the Project “Strengthening the efficiency of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova”, completed by the Council of Europe in March 2017 and financed by the European Union.
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Related news published by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova: Azerbaijan – exemplu de bune practici în sistemul judecatoresc

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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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CEPEJ training on time management and judicial statistics in Albania

A CEPEJ international expert, Ms. Marina Naumovska, carried out three training activities in Tirana to continue to improve the management of time in courts in Albania and the collection and use of judicial statistics for this purpose notably. Court presidents, chancellors and judges participated in a on-job training over 2 days and a training of trainers was also organised in cooperation with the School of Magistrates (SOM) with the participation of 8 Albanian judges who will pursue with peer-to-peer trainings to their peers as part of the SOM continuous training programme. These activities took place from 4 to 6 October 2017 under the SEJ II Action “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the justice system in Albania”, which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe
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Meeting of the CEPEJ working group on mediation

The meeting of the CEPEJ working group on mediation (GT-MED) will take place in Strasbourg on 16 and 17 November 2017. On this occasion, the Working group will analyse the replies to the questionnaire on the impact of the CEPEJ guidelines on mediation as well as the GT-MED toolkit aimed at complementing these guidelines.
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Strengthening the efficiency of justice in Kosovo* with courts and improved statistics

A team of three CEPEJ experts visited for the first time four Basic Courts (Mitrovica, Gjakova, Prizren and Peja) to collect information concerning the functioning of these courts and to discuss the implementation of the SATURN Time Management guidelines with the Courts’ Presidents on the basis also of the collected courts’ statistics. The outcome of these meetings will be included in individual court coaching reports which will offer an analysis of the court’s situation in light of the SATURN Guidelines with preliminary recommendations to improve their functioning. Furthermore, a CEPEJ expert led a workshop at the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) with the local team responsible for the development of the new case management system (CMIS). The aim was to exchange good practices to strengthen judicial statistics and their use in light of the CEPEJ methodology and tools. The CEPEJ also expert met with main beneficiaries from courts and the KJC to address the meaningful use of reports of judicial statistics which can be improved in Kosovo to suit the needs of the different groups of users to improve courts’ performance. These activities took place from 2 to 4 October 2017 under the KoSEJ Action "Strengthening the efficiency and quality of justice in Kosovo*", which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
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CEPEJ-STAT: New dashboard on gender equality in courts and prosecution services

The distribution between women and men within judicial institutions has been dealt with by the CEPEJ in its last evaluation reports for 2010, 2012 and 2014. The main trends are now readily available in the CEPEJ-STAT database, with the publication of a specific dashboard on gender equality in courts and prosecution services. The published data concern professional judges, prosecutors, non-judge staff and non-prosecutor staff for all instances (1st instance, 2nd instance and supreme courts).
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