The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

European Day of Justice

25 October


The European Day of Justice is celebrated each year around the 25 October. It aims to bring justice closer to citizens, to inform them on their rights and to to promote the work of the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of justice, through simulation of procedures and information sessions.

This day is open to all european citizens, students and people who work in the field of justice.

The Council of Europe invites representatives from the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) to inform about their projects in their respective countries for this special day.


The European Day of justice is celebrated on 25 October in Europe


The main event of the 2015 European Day of Justice has been celebrated by the CEPEJ in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the framework of the Chairmanship of Bosnia and Herzegovina of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. On this occasion, the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize has been awarded.

Events by country

The member States are invited to inform the CEPEJ Secretariat ( about the events organised in their country in the framework of the European Day of Justice

Report of the events organised throughout Europe to celebrate the 2015 edition of the European Day of Justice

Austria: Court of Appeal in Vienna, "Open Day" on October 26

Bosnia and Herzegovina:
 - Cantonal Court, Novi Travnik, 30 October 2015: open dorrs at Court
 - Banja Luka, 23 October 2015, Roundtable "How to improve day-to-day functioning of courts towards a more efficient justice ? in the framework of the European Day of Justice. Followed by the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize awarding ceremony

 For the first time in the history, the court system has been opened- two court complexes: Sabunchu Court Complex (21 October 2015) and Sheki Court Complex (5 November 2015), which cover more than 11 regional courts and justice institutions (bailiffs, forensic center, registration center). The aim of opening these complexes was to improve the effiency of access to courts. The BI part of the e-court system has been introduced; it increases the efficiency of electronic management of court system. Open days have also been organized for citizens and students in these court complexes. During the design of these court complexes, the benefit from the CEPEJ Guidelines on the organisation and accessibility of court premises has been used.

Republic of Moldova:
 From 23 to 27 October 2015:
- All courts had open days (visits from students)
- In several schools seminars has been rganised  with the participation of judges
- On the TV Channel Moldova 1 "Vectorul European", public debates will be organised on the theme: The current situation in the field of justice: successes, challenges, the trust of citizen in the justice system, the interaction of the justice system with the civil society.

Germany: 30 October 2015 in Karlsruhe, simulation of procedure and workshops at the Oberlandsgericht

- European Day of civil justice in Ferrara on 4 November 2015
- Conference in Florence on 30 October 2015organised by the University of Florence and the High School of magistrates. [it]
- Milan: La Tutela Del Credito e la cooperazione giudiziaria in Europa - Tribunale di Milano - Aula Magna - Venerdi 30 ottobre 2015


Celebrating the European Day of Justice the competition of children paintings „Court protects humans“ was organized in all the regional courts and was intended for pupils of 6-8 grade. During the whole October children drew in their paintings, how they see judges, courts, court life and what justice means to them.
The final event took place on 27th October, 2015 at the Court of Appeal of Lithuania, where the painter Inga Dargužiene commented on the paintings and the authors of most original paintings were awarded.
In the event with judges, teachers, pupils and their parents the participated in the game “Brain-battle” game and the interactive performance was played with pupils.
Here you can find all of the paintings.
It should be noted, that celebrating the day of Constitution and the European Day of Justice lots of educational events took place in courts of Lithuania – employees of courts checked on the knowledge of bypassers on the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, open days in courts for pupils and students where organized, where pupils and students could meet with judges and have discussions with them.

 The Superior Council of Magistracy will celebrate the European Day of Justice on 23 October 2015 by organising open day at courts and in the Superior Council of Magistracy

 - “Judges’ Days -2015”, Vrnjacka Banja, 14-17 October 2015 (The Judiciary Today / Laws and Their Implementation / Current Controversial Issues Raised in the Court’s Practice)

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia has in collaboration with the Association of deaf and hearing-impaired of Slovenia prepared a video guide in Slovenian sign language on the rights of deaf and hearing-impaired as well as blind and sight-impaired people in court proceedings
More information
Website of the European commission [en]


Organisational Charter and information form for the CEPEJ Secretariat


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 The crystal scales
of Justice Award

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