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The work of the CEPEJ through the Report of the Secretary General

Strasbourg 18 May 2018
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The work of the CEPEJ through the Report of the Secretary General

In his report 2018 on "the situation of democracy, human rights and the rule of law", the Secretary General of the Council of Europe recalls the importance of the CEPEJ's work for the implementation of the Action Plan to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. It is based on the evaluation of judicial systems carried out by the CEPEJ, in particular regard to the management of procedural delays by the courts. In his report, the Secretary-General also presents the challenges posed by technological developments and artificial intelligence, especially in the field of predictive justice. It stresses the potential of these developments to improve the predictability of the judicial process and to ensure the transparency of judges' work and the consistency of case law, but also notes that such processes cannot be limited to algorithms and must take into account particular circumstances and ensure respect for fundamental rights. The Council of Europe asked the CEPEJ to examine the implications of the use of artificial intelligence for the justice sector, from the point of view of both the efficiency of justice and its quality, and to formulate guidelines for the Member States.

 Link to the Report adopted at the 128th meeting of the Committee of Ministers on 18 May 2018 on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law

 Link to the Council of Europe Action Plan to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary