Management and reduction of European judicial timeframes: the CEPEJ SATURN Centre builds on the resources made available to the courts

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Management and reduction of European judicial timeframes: the CEPEJ SATURN Centre builds on the resources made available to the courts

The meeting of the CEPEJ SATURN Centre for judicial time management took place in Strasbourg on 9 and 11 October 2018. On this occasion, its members finalised a methodology - the first of its kind - aimed at assessing cases in order to better distribute the judicial workload. The Working Group also adopted an update of the Implementation Guide “Towards European timegrames for judicial proceedings”. To facilitate case management in the courts, new dashboard templates have also been presented. Finally, the Group officially presented the new update of the analysis of judicial delays in Council of Europe member States based on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. On 10 October, the Group participated in the 13th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ's pilot courts, in charge of testing in situ and commenting on the draft tools developed by the Saturn Centre.

 Link to the agenda of the meeting of the SATURN Centre

 Link to the agenda of the meeting of the Network of pilot courts

 More information about the SATURN Centre for judiciail time management

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.