Word from the President of the European Commission for the Efficiency of justice (CEPEJ)
Georg Stawa, Member of the Bureau (Austria) since January 2009 and President of the CEPEJ since January 2015
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
When CEPEJ started more than a decade ago to improve efficiency of justice, we had Evaluation Reports in mind, followed by developing tools and methods to identify gaps and needs of judiciary. But learning from the past is not giving answers for tomorrow at all: so I would like to see our understanding, models and methods developed further, providing court presidents, stakeholders and court managers an early understanding of what’s going on, before systems get out of trim.
Timeliness will always be an ongoing demand to serve Art. 6 ECHR and the increasing expectations of parties and society as well. New techniques and innovative solutions are around to help to improve further, but it needs our expertise to give an idea of proper time-frames, their monitoring and their limits to ensure justice properly done.
A balance between all these quantitative approaches and the quality of judiciary. It must exist. The impact on quality is even more important when resources are cut. The actual development of quality criteria, measures, tools and even indicators to some extend are therefore a priority to highlight effects of politics to draw limits at the judge’s independent desk.
During the former Presidencies and due to the excellent commitment of all members and experts, CEPEJ, our work and knowledge got widespread among the judicial community, politicians and institutions, interested to cooperate and share ideas with us. We are requested to cooperate in projects to improve judiciary in a win-win scenario of anybody involved.
We should continue in this sprit making CEPEJ what it always was best and is standing for: a friendly and dynamic market place of best-practises of judicial professionals having one thing in common: improving the quality and efficiency of our judiciary to strengthen the court users’ trust and confidence.
We have started to share problems, let’s go on to share solutions !
Georg Stawa, President of the CEPEJ