The 2021 European "Crystal Scales of Justice" prize, organised by the Council of Europe and rewarding innovative judicial practices within European judicial institutions, was awarded to the French Ministry of Justice on 1st October 2021 in Ljubljana (Slovenia) for a project "Simplified filing of complaints in hospital for victims of domestic violence", in the presence of Mr Zlatko Ratej, State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia and of Mr Christophe Poirel, Director of Human Rights of the Council of Europe, as well as the members of the jury of the competition composed of prominent personalities in the field of justice (online and in person). This event has been organised at the invitation of the Supreme Court of Slovenia, winner of the former edition of the Prize (2019).
The project "Simplified filing of complaints in hospitals for victims of domestic violence" allows investigating authorities to receive complaints from victims of domestic violence directly in medical facilities. This system strengthens the protection of victims by providing them with a simplified procedure, enabling them to lodge a complaint at the very moment and place where the violence was reported. This system is expected to be expanded across the entirety of France.
Special mentions were also awarded to the two following projects:
- A virtual quiz called "Courtbattle" and specific learning websites created for primary and secondary schools and high schools consisting of different thematic modules including a mock trial session, Denmark, Courts Administration;
The representatives of the awarded initiatives will be invited to present their project at the CEPEJ plenary meeting in early December 2021.