Six courts of the Slovak Republic (District Courts of Banská Bystrica, Bratislava I, Galanta, and Košice I, as well as Regional Courts of Bratislava and Košice) are actively involved in piloting the implementation of the CEPEJ methodology and tools for increased efficiency of courts and quality of their services. The pilot courts started testing the CEPEJ tools in their day-to-day activities. They involve the development of reporting on court’s performance, in what is supposed to become a regular exercise by all courts of Slovakia, on the basis of statistical data and through the use of CEPEJ-recommended indicators. The pilot courts also undertake actions, with the participation of the Analytical Centre of the Ministry of Justice, to enable the monitoring of the compliance with timeframes for different categories of cases. Finally, the District Courts of Banská Bystrica and Košice I committed to conducting court user satisfaction surveys in line with the CEPEJ Handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys aimed at court users in Council of Europe member States.
According to the court coaching methodology, the CEPEJ expert team visited all the pilot courts and provided to their representatives detailed explanations on the CEPEJ tools, as well as training on some advanced court management techniques. Meetings and workshops were carried out in the cities of residence of the pilot courts on 6-8 November 2018, 15-18 January, and 11-12 April 2019. A Guide for the implementation of selected CEPEJ tools in the courts of the Slovak Republic was drawn up by the expert team and submitted in Slovak language to the pilot courts. Further activities will be conducted to support the pilot courts in reaching their objectives by the end of July 2019, as part of the project “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the Slovak judicial system”*.
*Project financed by the European Social Fund.