The European “Crystal Scales of Justice Prize”, awarded by the Council of Europe, allows discovering, highlighting and sharing innovative practices aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of judicial systems.
Out of 43 applications from 20 different countries, the jury, composed of justice professionals, as shortlisted four projects, to be presented during the 10th Crystal Scales of Justice Prize awarding ceremony in Oslo (Norway), on 25 October 2019.
The four initiatives are [in alphabetic order of the countries] :
- “Harmonization of processes: a response that reconciles the efficiency of the public service of Justice and wellbeing at work” [L'harmonisation des processus : une réponse conciliant l'efficience du service public de la Justice et le bienêtre au travail], First instance court of Luxembourg, Belgium
- “Mediation in criminal justice; referrals by prosecutors in the prosecutorial phase and referrals by judges in the presentencing phase”, National Coordinator on Mediation in Criminal Cases, Netherlands
- “Digital Justice”, Subdirectorate-General for New Technologies. Directorate General of Justice Modernization, Technological Development, Recovery and Asset Management (Ministry of Justice), Spain
- “Improving the Quality of Justice (IQ Justice)”, Supreme Court, Slovenia
The Crystal Scales of Justice Prize will be awarded to one of these 4 projects and the 3 others will be awarded a special mention from the jury.
The representatives of the shortlisted initiatives of the Crystal Balance Prize will be invited to present their project and answer to questions from CEPEJ members and observers at the CEPEJ plenary meeting on 5 and 6 December 2019. This process is in line with the CEPEJ's objectives of identifying best practices and allowing the sharing of know-how between Council of Europe member states and beyond.