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The CEPEJ report containing the figures on the efficiency of the functioning of judicial systems in Europe has been published

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The CEPEJ report containing the figures on the efficiency of the functioning of judicial systems in Europe has been published

The CEPEJ has just published its 8th report "European judicial systems - CEPEJ Evaluation Report – 2020 Evaluation cycle (2018 data)". This biennial report highlights some trends concerning judicial systems at European level and beyond.

It contains quantified, commented and analysed data on the functioning of the judicial systems of 45 European States and 3 observer States (Morocco, Israel and Kazakhstan), making it possible to measure the efficiency and quality for each of them.

For the first time, the CEPEJ Evaluation Report contains country profiles which also allow the reader to situate his or her country in relation to other European countries. The data retained for each "country profile" concern, in general, human and financial resources, salaries of judges and prosecutors, qualitative information on their recruitment and promotion, the use of Information Technologies in the judicial systems, as well as the efficiency indicators developed by the CEPEJ (clearance rate and disposition time) and data on the workload of prosecutors and the existence of mediation procedures. 

The dynamic public database CEPEJ-STAT completes this report by presenting all the quantitative and qualitative data collected by the CEPEJ since 2010 and by making available various dashboards which allow in particular comparative approaches between several countries.

The presentation note of the report summarises the main trends observed for the 2020 evaluation cycle, based on 2018 data.

The exhaustive answers by country to the CEPEJ questionnaire on which basis the report was drafted are available in the special file.

  • European judicial systems - CEPEJ Evaluation Report - Evaluation cycle 2020

- Part 1: Tables, graphs and analysis

- Part 2: Country Profiles

- Part 3: CEPEJ-STAT database

Presentation note

Special file

Press release


“Due to the health crisis of COVID-19, the CEPEJ continues its work by adapting its working methods to the requirements of health safety and telework".   

The news on this page report on the activities carried out in these exceptional circumstances. The gradual return of the Secretariat to the premises of the Council of Europe began in mid-May in accordance with the instructions of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

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In setting up the European Commission for  the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) at the end of 2002, at the initiative of the European  ministers of Justice who met in London (2000), the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe wanted to establish an innovative body for improving the quality and efficiency of the European judicial systems and  strengthening the court users’ confidence in such systems.

The CEPEJ develops concrete measures and tools aimed at policy makers and judicial practitioners in order to:

  • Analyse the functioning of judicial systems and orientate public policies of justice
  • Have a better knowledge of judicial timeframes and optimize judicial time management
  • Promote the quality of the public service of justice
  • Facilitate the implementation of European standrards in the field of justice
  • Support member states in their reforms on court organisations

The CEPEJ also contributes with specific expertise to debates about the functioning of the justice system in order to provide a forum for discussion and proposals and bring the users closer to their justice system. (Read more)

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