Watch the video of the Conference: "Artificial intelligence at the service of the Judiciary", 27 September 2018, Riga (Latvia)

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The CEPEJ and the Courts Administration of Latvia organised a conference on "Artificial Intelligence at the Service of the Judiciary" in Riga (Latvia), on 27 September 2018. This conference was opened by the Minister of Justice of Latvia and the President of the CEPEJ, and brought together representatives of the academic world, justice professionals, judicial institutions from different European countries to explore how artificial intelligence can be used to support the work of legal professionals and courts and ensure a better quality of justice, while respecting fundamental principles. It highlighted the values that should guide the application of artificial intelligence in judicial systems. The debates feeded into the work and studies currently being carried out by the CEPEJ in the field of artificial intelligence, including in particular a European Ethical Charter on the use of artificial intelligence in judicial systems, which could be adopted at the end of this year.

At a glance

In setting up the European Commission for  the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) at the end of 2002, at the initiative of the European  ministers of Justice who met in London (2000), the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe wanted to establish an innovative body for improving the quality and efficiency of the European judicial systems and  strengthening the court users’ confidence in such systems.

A short movie presenting the CEPEJ has been realised by the Directorate of Communication of the Council of Europe.

Interview with Stéphane Leyenberger, Executive Secretary of the CEPEJ:

 How will artificial intelligence be implemented in the functioning of justice systems ?
 How will this Charter cross the work of all 47 members States ?
 What are the checks and balances in this Charter to make sure that the core principles are really implemented ?
 How will the Charter be disseminated among the 47 members States ?

The CEPEJ develops concrete measures and tools aimed at policy makers and judicial practitioners in order to:

  • Analyse the functioning of judicial systems and orientate public policies of justice
  • Have a better knowledge of judicial timeframes and optimize judicial time management
  • Promote the quality of the public service of justice
  • Facilitate the implementation of European standrards in the field of justice
  • Support member states in their reforms on court organisations

The CEPEJ also contributes with specific expertise to debates about the functioning of the justice system in order to provide a forum for discussion and proposals and bring the users closer to their justice system.