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Council of Europe marks 20 years of action for the proper functioning of justice

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) Strasbourg 24 June 2022
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Council of Europe marks 20 years of action for the proper functioning of justice

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ) is marking its 20th anniversary on 27 June in La Valletta (Malta) at an event devoted to challenges of a digitised judicial system and the way to improve the work of the CEPEJ in the future.

Known mainly for its biannual report on the efficiency and quality of justice in Europe, the CEPEJ helps to ensure that the public service of justice is efficient, accessible, and of better quality, by placing the needs of the user at the centre of the judicial process.

The CEPEJ’s expertise includes numerous guidelines and tools for courts and justice professionals, including 16 on quality and efficiency, 15 on mediation, 5 on e-justice; more than 20 groups of indicators based on more than 300 questions also allow for a better evaluation of judicial systems. The ongoing and future work of the CEPEJ is part of the action plan 2022-2025 dedicated to “digitalisation for a better justice”.

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić and Minister of Justice of Malta Dr Jonathan Attard are making the opening addresses, followed by a discussion with many prominent personalities from the justice community (follow the ceremony from 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.).

After the ceremony to mark its anniversary the CEPEJ is holding its plenary meeting (27 and 28 June). The agenda includes the adoption of the CEPEJ’s 2022 evaluation report which provides an overview of the key trends in the judicial systems of the Council of Europe member states and which will be made public in the Autumn 2022.

Finally, the results of the 2nd award of the Junior Crystal Scales of Justice Prize will be announced. Organised by the CEPEJ and the Faculty of Law of Strasbourg, it is open to Master’s students from law schools. The aim is for entrants to defend a winning project of the Crystal Scales of Justice prize, by highlighting its innovative aspects through legal analysis and research work to study its possible transposition to another context or another country.


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