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Launch of CEPEJ’s work on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in judicial systems

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Launch of CEPEJ’s work on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in judicial systems
On 8 February 2018, CEPEJ launched its work on the use of artificial intelligence in judicial systems, in coordination with the Committee of the Convention on data protection. A multidisciplinary team of experts will lead the drafting of guidelines for the ethical use of algorithms within justice systems, including predictive justice. A call for contribution will be launched very soon in order to have a broader picture of the different practices in the Member States.

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.