Project title Project title

Implementation of judicial reforms

Component 2: Supporting the civil justice reforms – strengthening the judicial system


PGG PGG
The Council of Europe is implementing this project under the “European Union/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance”.
Project duration Project duration

The project runs from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020.

Beneficiaries / Partners Beneficiaries / Partners
  • Judiciary
  • Prosecutor’s General Office
  • Chambers of advocates
  • Belarusian State University
  • Regional universities
  • Supreme Court
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Centre for Legal Information
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Other legal professionals
  • Court and mediation institutions’ clients

Aim of the project Aim of the project

The reform of the judiciary takes into account the European standards and good practices of the member states, court users benefit from more transparent and efficient functioning of the judiciary.

The main outcomes to be achieved are:

  1. Court presidents are ready to act on the increased capacities of newly acquired knowledge on court management and administration
  2. Length of judicial proceedings in non-criminal cases is reduced
  3. The use of IT tools in courts improved to ensure transparency and effectiveness of the court system
  4. Mediation mechanisms are improved to reduce the courts’ workload of civil cases

The Project will mainstream gender where and when it will be possible.The project is relevant for the new Council of Europe Action Plan for Belarus 2019 – 2021.


 

The project is relevant for the new Council of Europe Action Plan for Belarus 2019 – 2021.

The Project is in line with the priority area II “Strengthening institutions and good governance” of the EU Eastern Partnership key priorities and contributes to achieving the goals described in Deliverables 9 (strengthen the rule of law) and 10 (Support the implementation of key judicial reforms), as well as 1 (more engagement of civil society organisations).

The Project “Supporting the civil justice reforms – strengthening the judicial system (2019-2020)” is aimed at providing assistance to the authorities of Belarus for improving mediation and the judicial system in order to provide a better forum for the resolution of civil disputes. It is also aimed at contributing to the Council of Europe’s (“CoE”) efforts to maintain political dialogue with the authorities of Belarus, to ensure the stronger involvement of Belarus in the common European legal space and lead eventually to a rapprochement and accession of Belarus to the CoE on the basis of the Organisation’s values and principles, as envisaged by Action Plan for Belarus and PACE and CM documents on Belarus.

The project will provide recommendations concerning the possible ways to improve mediation in Belarus, contribute to a better understanding by the authorities of the requirements of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and to the familiarisation of judges, including court presidents, with CoE standards and good practices which will enable them to carry out their functions more efficiently.

Activities planned Activities planned
  • Preparation of a publication concerning CoE standards and good practices concerning court management
  • Trainings for judges on court management
  • Preparation of a publication on gender mainstreaming in the judiciary
  • Providing recommendations concerning preparing a single procedural code for judicial proceedings in civil and commercial cases
  • Trainings for court presidents on managerial skills and financial managements of courts in accordance with CCJE opinion No. 19
  • Publication of CCJE Opinion No. 19
  • Seminar on European standards concerning statutes of limitations
  • Workshops and seminars for judges and court staff on e-justice, including IT tools and artificial intelligence, and use of electronic evidence
  • Translation of the Council of Europe Guidelines on Electronic Evidence in Civil and Administrative Proceedings
  • Assisting the Ministry of Justice in further improvement of mediation system, including providing assistance in developing relevant legislation and its implementation.

Project news Project news

Supporting the civil justice reforms – strengthening the judicial system in the Republic of Belarus” under the “European Union/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance

Electronic Evidence and Opinion No. 19

7 July / Juillet 2020

The Project “Supporting the civil justice reforms – strengthening the judicial system (2019-2020)” in Belarus sponsored the translation into Russian of the Council of Europe “Guidelines on Electronic Evidence in Civil and Administrative Proceedings", prepared by the European Committee on Legal...

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Supporting the civil justice reforms – strengthening the judicial system in the Republic of Belarus” under the “European Union/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance

Belarus - Gender Equality and Justice

The Project “Supporting the civil justice reforms – strengthening the judicial system (2019-2020)” prepared and printed the brochure “Gender equality and justice in the Republic of Belarus”, available in Russian only. The brochure analyses the situation with gender equality in the judiciary in...

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“Supporting the civil justice reforms – strengthening the judicial system in the Republic of Belarus” under the “European Union/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance”

Seminar for court presidents

13 November 2019 Minsk, Belarus

Twenty-five court presidents from all over Belarus participated in a seminar that was organised for court presidents in Minsk (Belarus) on 13 November 2019. Presentations on the Council of Europe standards related to the role of court presidents, European standards on relations between judges and...

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