Developing and strengthening the use of mediation in the member states: meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on mediation (CEPEJ-GT-MED)

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Developing and strengthening the use of mediation in the member states: meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on mediation (CEPEJ-GT-MED)

The 4th meeting of the CEPEJ-GT-MED took place in Strasbourg after its reactivation in early 2017. After having assessed the use of its 2007 mediation Guidelines in the member states (links below), the GT-MED decided in 2017 to develop a set of tools to complement the Guidelines, compiled in the form of a Mediation Development Toolkit. This first version of the toolkit was developed and adopted by the CEPEJ plenary in June 2018. The toolkit was made to be directly usable by member states willing to enhance the use and the quality of mediation, but is also aimed at mediation providers and justice professionals. During their meeting on 12 and 13 November, the GT-MED members continued to develop new tools in order to dynamically complement the existing toolkit, aiming at having them adopted by the CEPEJ Plenary in June 2019.

 Link to the agenda

 More information about the Working group on mediation

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.

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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.

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