The current pandemic left no choice but to adapt quickly in order to continue with planned activities through efficient use of technology by the Project.
The first on-line international video conferencing meeting with simultaneous interpretation on the increased efficiency in the selected first instance and regional administrative courts (RAC) was held with participation of 16 representatives from pilot courts, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), international and national consultants and the Council of Europe Project team, based in Ankara, Strasbourg, London, İstanbul, İzmir and Gaziantep on 14 May 2020. The court presidents joined the meeting from the following pilot courts:
- Ankara RAC 1st Administrative Litigation Chamber
- Ankara 2nd Administrative Court
- İstanbul RAC 2nd Tax Litigation Chamber
- İstanbul 15th Tax Court
- İzmir RAC 3rd Administrative Litigation Chamber
- Gaziantep 2nd Administrative Court
The meeting focused on the main tasks of the pilot courts in developing tools and materials (petitions, user guidance materials/brochures and job descriptions, standard operating procedures and workflow maps for the court registries) to be tested in the pilot courts as part of the measures to improve the functioning of the administrative justice system. The court presidents of the selected pilot courts could contribute their views regarding the approach, priorities, tools to be developed and division of tasks.
The two-and a half hour meeting ended with an agreement on the next steps for developing a methodology for the production of the pilot tools through remote work and coordination.
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.