The first assessment workshop and meetings on “Identification of ADR Mechanisms in Administrative Justice” took place on 4 and 5 February 2020 respectively in Ankara with the participation of total 46 representatives from the Council of State, Council of Judges and Prosecutors, Constitutional Court, Ombudsman, Ministry of Justice, Court of Accounts, Presidents and Members of Regional Administrative Courts, administrative and tax courts, as well as representatives of Union of Turkish Bar Associations and legal advisors of the Public Administration Agencies and members of different departments including Treasury and Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services.
The current needs, challenges, resources, options and potential approaches for introducing ADR mechanisms to ease the burden from the administrative justice system in Turkey was the focus on the workshop. The members and representatives of institutions shared their observations regarding the case types and current state of affairs in the administrative judiciary and the possibilities of ADR mechanisms that could be applied in Turkey. The input collected from participants’ through small groups’ discussions, will contribute to the development of an action plan on ADR mechanism to be selected for the administrative judiciary in Turkey.
In the second day of the assessment work, the CoE consultants paid a visit to General Directorate of Legislation of Ministry of Justice and Ombudsman to explore further legislative and practical opportunities.
The Joint Project on “Improving the Effectiveness of the Administrative Judiciary and Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Council of State” is implemented by the Council of Europe, and co-funded by the European Union, the Republic of Turkey and the Council of Europe. The Turkish Ministry of Justice - Directorate General for Legal Affairs is the end beneficiary of the Project.