Why a European Day of Justice ? Why a European Day of Justice ?

 

 

[Hanne Juncher, Head of the Justice and Legal co-operation Department explains in a few words the aim of the European Day of justice and in which way its celebration is different in 2020]

The European Day of Justice is celebrated each year around the 25 October. It aims to bring justice closer to citizens, to inform them on their rights and to to promote the work of the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of justice, through simulation of procedures and information sessions.

This day is open to all european citizens, students and people who work in the field of justice.

The Council of Europe invites representatives from the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) to inform about their projects in their respective countries for this special day by sending back the form.

In 2019, 18 Member States have mobilised by organising various events such as free legal aid to citizens on their rights, open doors of courts, notarial chambers, information sessions, the provision of social platforms to ask questions, publications of books, films, etc. Training and information sessions for justice professionals and students have also been organised across Europe. Competitions for law school students have gathered a high number of students. In 2019, the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize has also been awarded in Oslo, Norway to celebrate this day.

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