Network of CEPEJ national correspondents
The CEPEJ bi-annual exercise of evaluation of the judicial systems is based on the collection of data from States/entities, ensured by a national correspondent appointed by the State.
The national correspondent is the sole interlocutor of the CEPEJ Secretariat within the framework of the evaluation exercises carried out by the CEPEJ Evaluation Working Group (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) (composition and terms of reference of the GT-EVAL). Accordingly, only one national correspondent is appointed by each State/entity.
The purpose of this page is to guide the CEPEJ’s national correspondents in their important task and to provide them with all the information and documents they may need to fulfil their role.
The network of all CEPEJ national correspondents is also a source of contacts between the different States/entities participating in the CEPEJ evaluation exercise.
This network meets once a year in Strasbourg.
The data inserted by the national correspondents in the evaluation questionnaire (via the CEPEJ-COLLECT application) are of a quantitative and qualitative nature, and are accompanied by comments to better understand the legal systems and their specificities, to contextualize the data and to explain some of the variations that can be observed during the different evaluation cycles. Indeed, the CEPEJ methodology insists that all data are read and analysed in the light of the comments provided by the national correspondents.
There are different evaluation exercises:
- The CEPEJ evaluation cycle of judicial systems, in which all Member States and three observer States participate every two years;
- The CEPEJ Study for the “European Union Justice Scoreboard”, the “Dashbaord Western Balkans” and the “Justice Dashboard Eastern Partnership” are annual evaluations of the beneficiaries concerned: the questionnaires are all composed of extracts from the CEPEJ main evaluation questionnaire and, for the Dashbaords, additional questions specifically developed for the Actions.
The data collection process involves several stages before the data could be considered final. In fact, following the data collection, the Secretariat ensures the consistency and quality of the data transmitted by the national correspondent, which constitutes the data “quality check” phase.
This phase is an essential step within the CEPEJ evaluation process, regardless of the evaluation exercise concerned. It is a phase of cooperation between the national correspondents and the CEPEJ Secretariat intended to guarantee consistency and quality of the data released in the CEPEJ Report on the evaluation of the European judicial systems, in CEPEJ-STAT, as well as in the other CEPEJ studies using the collected data.
According to the methodology developed by the CEPEJ, the national correspondent is responsible for the quality of the communicated data. The role of the Secretariat is to assist the participating States/entities during the process, drawing their attention to the potential issues and inviting them to provide explanations. Therefore, the Secretariat cannot modify data without discussion with the national correspondent. However, the Secretariat can warn the national correspondent that a certain data will not be retained for publishing if the latter, or the comment which accompanies it, are not deemed to be of sufficient quality.
On this FAQ page you will find questions that appeared most frequently during the last evaluation cycle in respect of understanding the questionnaire, application of CEPEJ methodology or use of the data entry tool CEPEJ COLLECT. The most relevant questions for all countries will be published regularly.
- CEPEJ- STAT: the CEPEJ interactive database.
- CEPEJ COLLECT: the tool for data collection and quality control of the data submitted, a platform for discussion between the national correspondents and the Secretariat as part of the evaluation exercises (data collection and quality control phase).
- User manual of CEPEJ-COLLECT