The digitalisation of justice at the heart of the debates of the 37th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ

8 and 9 December 2021 Strasbourg and online

The CEPEJ will hold its 37th plenary meeting on 8 and 9 December in Strasbourg and online. An action plan for the next four years should be adopted on the theme "digitalisation for a better justice", aiming at reconciling the efficiency of new technologies and the respect of fundamental rights....

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Seminar for Tunisian Lawyers on "Artificial Intelligence and Justice: Comparative European Experiences

2 December 2021 Hammamet (Tunisia)

On 2 December 2021, the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the Tunisian National Bar Association (ONAT), organised a seminar for Tunisian lawyers on "Artificial Intelligence and Justice: Comparative European Experiences” in Hammamet. This seminar, which is part of a series of events concerning the reform...

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The CEPEJ is presenting the Strategy and Action Plan on the development of the Supreme Court of Georgia 2021-2023

2 December 2021 Georgia

On 2 December 2021, the CEPEJ presented the Strategy and Action Plan on the development of the Supreme Court of Georgia 2021-2023, in presence of the Chief Justice Nino Kadagidze and other Supreme Court judges. The CEPEJ has identified several areas of development of the functioning of the...

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Steering Group meeting of the EU/CoE Project “Support to further strengthening the efficiency and quality of judicial services in the Republic of Moldova”

1st December 2021 Republic of Moldova

The 4th Steering Group meeting took place on 1 December 2021 by means of videoconferencing. On this occasion, the Project’s implementing partners took stock of the results and progress achieved over the last 6 months and approved the action plan for the next period. A particular focus has been...

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Workshop on the Handbook of Good Practice on Judicial Expertise in Tozeur (Tunisia)

26 November 2021 Tozeur (Tunisia)

Following the workshop of 29 October in Hammamet, the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, organised on 26 November a workshop on the draft Handbook of Good Practice on Judicial Expertise, which is being prepared by judges, lawyers and judicial experts from the region of...

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The CEPEJ supports a Court Managers’ Forum in Georgia

26 and 27 November 2021 Georgia

On 26 and 27 November 2021, the CEPEJ will support a Court Managers’ Forum for court managers from all the courts in Georgia. The first day will be devoted to the development of electronic case management rule of the Courts and the definition of the next steps towards its implementation. During...

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Awareness-raising workshop on change management towards digital justice for the administrative directors of the Moroccan courts in the Agadir region

23 November 2021 Agadir (Morocco)

On 23 November 2021, the CEPEJ will organise a face-to-face workshop in Agadir and online with CEPEJ experts to raise awareness of change management towards e-justice for the administrative directors of the courts in the Agadir region. Two similar workshops were organised on 24 June 2021 in Rabat...

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The CEPEJ will organise four online cascade trainings on court management for court presidents, judges and court staff in Azerbaijan

26 November to 3rd December 2021 Online, Azerbaijan

Between 26 November and 3 December 2021, four online training sessions aiming at improving the efficiency and quality of courts based on the tools and guidelines developed by the CEPEJ will be organised. The trainings will be conducted by local trainers who completed the Training of Trainers...

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Albanian High Inspector of Justice establish cooperation with European Network of Justice Inspection Services

22 to 24 November 2021 Tirana (Albania)

A delegation of the European Network of Judicial Inspectors (RESIJ) composed of high justice inspectors from several European countries (France, Italy, Romania and Portugal) will hold an exchange visit with the Albanian High Inspectorate of Justice (HJI) in Tirana (Albania) from 22 to 24 November...

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The management of judicial timeframes at the heart of the exchanges with the pilot prosecution offices of Morocco

22 November 2021 Morocco

On 25 November, the CEPEJ will organise, in cooperation with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Kingdom of Morocco, two simultaneous meetings with the pilot prosecution offices: the General Prosecutor's Office of the Safi Court of Appeal and the Prosecutor's Office of the...

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Official launching of the European Cyberjustice Network of the CEPEJ

16 November 2021 Online

The CEPEJ, via its working group on cyberjustice and AI (CEPEJ-GT-CYBERJUST), decided in 2020 to create a European Cyberjustice Network. On 16 November 2021, the CEPEJ officially launched the European Cyberjustice Network (ECN), in virtual presence of more than 100 experts appointed by their...

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Second Workshop on the Lawyer and Electronic procedures for Tunisian Lawyers

11 November 2021 Tunisia

On 11 November 2021, the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the Tunisian National Bar Association (ONAT), organised a second seminar for Tunisian lawyers on electronic procedures, following a first seminar organised on 21 October 2021. An analysis of the existing situation and the resources available in...

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Last days for law students to submit their applications for the CEPEJ Junior Crystal Scales of Justice Prize - 2022 Edition

20 November 2021

The Junior Crystal Scales of Justice, organised jointly by the CEPEJ and the Strasbourg Law School, complements the existing Crystal Scales of Justice Prize. The Prize is open to Master's students from law schools in one of the member states of the Council of Europe or an observer country to the...

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Training on reliable judicial statistics as a tool for measuring court performance in Albania

04 and 05 November 2021 Vlorë (Albania)

On 4 and 5 November 2021, in Vlorë (Albania), the CEPEJ started a series of trainings to improve the judicial statistical data collection system, based on the CEPEJ methodology, in a uniformed way, in particular concerning court registers. The regional workshops provided an opportunity for the...

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Evaluation visits to courts in Cyprus by the CEPEJ

08 November 2021 Cyprus

On 8 November 2021, the CEPEJ will undertake visits in the Supreme court of Cyprus and in the District Court of Nicosia. The Evaluation team and the experts of the CEPEJ will meet the respective Presidents and court staff to discuss the daily functioning of the court. The aim of this evaluations...

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Consultation on the Manual of good practice on judicial expertise in Tunisia

29 October 2021 Hammamet (Tunisia)

The CEPEJ, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, organised on 29 October 2021 in Hammamet (Tunisia), a regional consultation and dissemination seminar on the draft manual of good practice on judicial expertise. The aim of this event was to present a first version of this document, produced...

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Call for tenders for provision of an awareness raising campaign about access to justice for vulnerable groups in the Republic of Moldova

03 November 2021

In the framework of the Project “Support to further strengthening the efficiency and quality of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova” funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance II, the Council...

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Call for tender for providers for assistance in the assistance in collecting and processing judicial data in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

28 October 2021 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

The Council of Europe is looking for a Provider for the provision of assistance in the collection and processing of data on the functioning of the judicial system, as well as in the training delivery on data collection and analysis in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine...

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Closing event of the cooperation Project to establish a digital strategy for the Maltese justice sector: conclusions and way forward

26 October 2021 Malta

On 26 October 2021, the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the European Union and the Maltese Ministry of Justice, organised the closing event of the Project entitled “Establishing a digital strategy for the Maltese justice sector”, which started in May 2020. Participants included representatives of the...

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Development of dashboards to improve case management in two pilot prosecution offices in Morocco

27 October 2021 Morocco

On 27 October 2021, the CEPEJ will organise jointly with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Kingdom of Morocco a meeting with two pilot prosecution offices, the General Prosecutor's Office of the Safi Court of Appeal and the Prosecutor's Office of the Khémisset Court of First...

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European Day of Justice, 25 October 2021: free access to advice from legal professionals in Council of Europe member States

25 October 2021 Accross Europe

Since 2004, the Council of Europe and European Union have celebrated the European Day of Justice around 25 October throughout Europe, for the benefit of European citizens, students and justice professionals. Free information and advice days will be organised by lawyers and notaries, in...

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Awareness-raising workshop on change management towards digital justice for the administrative directors of the Moroccan courts of the regions of Tangiers, Tetouan and Al Hoceima

26 October 2021 Rabat (Morocco)

On 26 October 2021, the CEPEJ will organise a face-to-face workshop in Tanger and an online workshop with CEPEJ experts to raise awareness of change management towards e-justice for the administrative directors of the courts in the northern regions of Morocco. A similar workshop was organised on...

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Seminar on "The Lawyer and Electronic Procedures: Insights on Comparative European Experiences" for Tunisian Lawyers

21 October 2021 Tunisia

On 21 October 2021, the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the Tunisian National Bar Association (ONAT), is organising a seminar on "The Lawyer and electronic procedures: a look at comparative European experiences" for Tunisian lawyers. The seminar will consist of a presentation, by CEPEJ experts, of...

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CEPEJ meets the new Moroccan pilot prosecution offices to exchange on their method of communication with the judicial police

21 October 2021 Morocco

In cooperation with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Kingdom of Morocco, the CEPEJ is organising on 21 October a meeting with the new pilot prosecution offices, namely the General Prosecutor's Office of the Court of Appeal of Beni Mellal and the Court of First Instance of...

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Workshop of the CEPEJ with the Council of State of Egypt concerning the on-going data collection and analysis mechanisms in administrative courts

14 October 2021 Egypt - online

On 14 October 2021, an online working meeting with the Council of State of Egypt took place to discuss the preliminary findings of the analysis of the data related to operation of 9 selected administrative courts. The meeting started with a visual presentation of the trends related to main...

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Conference of European Ministers of Justice on Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence - New Challenges for Justice in Europe

5 October 2021 Budapest (Hungary)

On 5 October 2021, the Conference of European Ministers of Justice on "Digital Technology and Artificial Intelligence - New Challenges for Justice in Europe" takes place within the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of Europe. The two experts in charge of giving the introductory...

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Interpretation in drawings from children about "the power of justice"

30 September 2021 Slovak Republic

In the framework of the European Day of Justice 2021, the Chancellery of the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic organised an essay competition on the topic: "Justice - myth or reality?" and a drawing competition on the topic: "The power of justice" in order to increase public awareness...

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CEPEJ-SATURN should finalise the guidelines on the role of judicial professionals in judicial time management

13 and 14th October 2021 Strasbourg

The Working Group on judicial time management (CEPEJ-SATURN) will meet on 13 and 14 October to discuss the revision of the guidelines on judicial time management aiming at completing them for non-judicial court staff, lawyers, court-appointed experts, enforcement agents and Rechtspfleger. It will...

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Artificial intelligence in judicial systems, gender diversity amongst judges and online training on the agenda of the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL

11 and 12 October 2021 Strasbourg and online

The CEPEJ Working group on quality (CEPEJ-GT-QUAL) will meet on 11 and 12 October 2021 and will discuss new approaches ensuring the application and follow-up of the European ethical Charter on the use of Artificial Intelligence in judicial systems and their environment. The group will also...

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Workshop in Tunisia " Introducing mediation training: overview of the CEPEJ Guidelines and relevant European experiences”

5th October 2021 Tunis (Tunisia)

In continuity of the actions dedicated to mediation initiated since the beginning of the year, the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the Tunisian National Bar Association (ONAT) organised on 5th October 2021 an online workshop on introducing mediation training in the country. During this workshop which...

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Creation of a new IT tool for publishing judicial statistics in the Republic of Moldova

29 September 2021 Republic of Moldova

JUSTAT is designed as a national Internet-based tool aimed at publishing data about the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova, such as statistics, key indicators and other information on the performance of the court system. Following consultations with the national stakeholders and based on...

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International Conference on Women’s Access to Justice

06 October 2021 Online

On the occasion of the international Conference on “Women’s Access to Justice: Moving closer to full ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention” which will be held online on 7 and 8 October 2021, Mr Jaša Vrabec, President of the CEPEJ Working group on evaluation of judicial...

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Simplified hospital complaints procedure for victims of domestic violence: French Ministry of Justice wins the Council of Europe Crystal Scales of Justice Prize

1st October 2021 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Ljubljana (Slovenia), 01.10.2021 - The French Ministry of Justice has just won the European Crystal Scales of Justice Prize for a project entitled: "Simplified filing of complaints in hospital for victims of domestic violence" [Explanation] The 2021 European "Crystal Scales of Justice" prize,...

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1st October, Ljubljana: Live streaming of the Roundtable on fairness in judicial procedures and Crystal Scales of justice Prize awarding ceremony

1st October 2021 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

The CEPEJ will award the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize to one of the three shortlisted initiatives. Organised at the invitation of the Supreme Court of Slovenia, the ceremony will be opened by Damijan Florjančič, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia, Marjan Dikaučič,...

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The working group on the evaluation of judicial systems prepares the next evaluation report of European judicial systems

5 and 6 October 2021 Online

The CEPEJ Working Group on the evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) will meet on 5 and 6 October 2021 in order to prepare the structure of the next CEPEJ evaluation report - 2022 cycle. This report will be based on the data of the year 2020 which are currently collected from the network...

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CEPEJ Cyberjustice and Artificial Intelligence working group decides on future priorities

28 September 2021 Online

The CEPEJ-GT-CYBERJUST has held its 4th meeting online on 23 and 24 September 2021. The group discussed progress of the forthcoming guidelines on electronic filing of court documents as well as on online enforcement procedures and online alternative dispute resolution. It endorsed also the...

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Representatives of judiciary institutions reaffirm their commitment to strengthening the efficiency and quality of Justice in Albania

23 September 2021 Tirana (Albania)

On 23 September, the CEPEJ organised the Steering Committee meeting of the Action “Strengthening the quality and efficiency of justice in Albania - SEJ III » in order to discuss on the progress of activities for the last semester and the plans ahead. Representatives of key justice institutions...

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Dashboard Western Balkans: third Steering Committee Meeting

27 September 2021 Western Balkans

The third meeting of the Steering committee of the Action "Dashboard Western Balkans: Towards a better evaluation of the results of judiciary reform efforts in the Western Balkans" will take place on 27 September 2021 via videoconference. It will bring together representatives of the European...

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Minister of Justice of Malta launches public consultation procedure for the Digital strategy for the Maltese Justice sector co-drafted by CEPEJ experts

22 September 2021 Malta

On 22 September the Ministry of Justice, Equality and Governance of Malta launched the three-week public consultation procedure for the first Digital strategy for the Maltese justice sector, co-drafted by CEPEJ experts over the last year, before it can be adopted. Dozens of videconferences were...

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Consultation meetings to define national-level indicators able to demonstrate the effect of judicial reforms in Azerbaijan

27 to 30 September 2021 Azerbaijan

From 27 to 30th September 2021, the CEPEJ will organize 4 half-day online consultations from CEPEJ experts with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court, Judicial Legal Council and Justice Academy. The meetings aimed to identify unified, national-level indicators to measure court...

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The CEPEJ pursues its work with Moroccan public Prosecutors' Offices

22 September 2021 Kingdom of Morocco

The CEPEJ is organising on 22 September 2021 an online meeting bringing together the new prosecutors of the pilot public prosecutor's offices of the Court of Appeal of Safi and the Court of First Instance of Khémisset, representatives of the Presidency of the Moroccan Public Prosecutor's Office...

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Kosovo Judicial Council announces new statistical reports for courts incorporating key CEPEJ performance indicators

06 September 2021 Kosovo

On 6 September 2021, the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) announced that new statistical reports are now available in Kosovo* in the courts and can be used by all judges and court presidents to monitor performance, court backlogs, postponements of hearings, and the length of court proceedings. The...

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The finalist projects of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize concern support for victims of domestic violence, children's awareness of the functioning of the justice system and legal assistance

07 September 2021 Online

The finalist projects of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize concern support for victims of domestic violence, children's awareness of the functioning of the justice system and legal assistance The European “Crystal Scales of Justice Prize”, awarded by the Council of Europe, makes it possible to...

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Meetings to present the Recommendations developed by CEPEJ experts to two pilot prosecution offices in the Kingdom of Morocco

16 July 2021 Morocco

On 16 July 2021, the CEPEJ experts will present concrete and specific recommendations formulated within the framework of the evaluation of the functioning and working processes of two pilot prosecution offices of the Programme "Improving the functioning of justice in Morocco on the basis of tools...

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Workshop on mediation in Tunisia: Exchanges about the introduction of mediation in a country in the light of the CEPEJ guidelines and the comparative European experiences

12 July 2021 Tunisia

In continuity of the actions dedicated to mediation initiated since the beginning of the year, the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the Tunisian National Bar Association (ONAT) organised on 12 July 2021 a workshop dedicated to the integration of mediation in a national system. Regarding the existing...

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The CEPEJ at the 2021 HELP Network Conference “Upholding the Rule of Law”

1 & 2 July 2021 Strasbourg

On 1-2 July 2021, the Council of Europe Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) held its 2021 Annual Network Conference. The Conference was organised under the auspices of the Hungarian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.HELP is an entity...

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The CEPEJ publishes a Handbook on court dashboards

07 July 2021 Strasbourg

A dashboard is an efficient tool to track, analyse and display multiple data in one court location. Based on performance indicators, it helps the courts, its managers and justice professionals, to monitor and analyse their efficiency giving an overall picture of their performance, and thus to...

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The President of the CEPEJ at the Conference of Heads of Prosecutor’s Offices, St Petersburg

6 to 9 July 2021 St Petersburg (Russian Federation)

From 6 to 9 July 2021, Mr Ramin Garagurbanli, President of the CEPEJ participates in the high-level conference “Role of Prosecutor’s Office in Protection of Individual Rights and Public Interest in Light of Requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights” co-organised jointly by the...

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The CEPEJ adopts its guidelines on videoconferencing in judicial proceedings

1st July 2021

At its plenary meeting on 16 and 17 June 2021, the CEPEJ adopted new tools prepared by its working groups who continued their work despite the sanitary crisis. The development of information technology and the integration of artificial intelligence into judicial systems are an integral part of...

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Presentation of the Analysis on how CEPEJ methods can be applied on judicial statistics in Georgia

25 June 2021 Online

On 25 June 2021 from 12 until 2 pm Georgian time (10 am to 12 Strasbourg/French time), the CEPEJ will organise an online seminar to present the analysis of existing data and statistical reporting processes to demonstrate how CEPEJ methods can be applied with the aim to guide and support policy...

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Court management online training session in Azerbaijan

23 to 25 June 2021 Azerbaijan

From 23 to 25 June 2021, the CEPEJ organises an online training session for trainers on court management, in particular on the collection and analysis of judicial statistics, performance evaluation, measuring the quality of justice and case and time management. The participants are judges and...

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Seminar on "Mediation in civil matters: practices and foundations" for Tunisian lawyers

22-24 June 2021 Tunis (Tunisia)

From 22 to 24 June 2021, the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers (ONAT), is organising 3 seminars on “Mediation in civil matters and foundations”. Comparative European experiences, practices and foundations will be presented by the CEPEJ experts. This event is a...

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Awareness-raising workshop on change management towards cyberjustice for administrative directors of Moroccan courts

21 June 2021 Rabat

On 24 June 2021, the CEPEJ will organise a face-to-face workshop in Rabat and an online workshop with CEPEJ experts to raise awareness of change management towards cyberjustice for administrative directors of Moroccan courts. Representatives of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice will present the...

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Online conference on artificial intelligence in the field of justice for future Tunisian magistrates

18 June 2021 Tunis (Tunisia)

In the framework of the support to the initial training of Tunisian magistrates, in partnership with the Tunisian Higher Institute for Magistracy (ISM) and the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) is organising an online conference on the...

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Artificial intelligence and digital justice at the heart of the discussions of the next CEPEJ plenary meeting

16 and 17 June 2021 Online

During its plenary meeting of 16 and 17 June 2021, which will be held online, the CEPEJ should adopt a certain number of tools prepared by its working groups which continued their work despite the health crisis. In order to fulfil its mission of guarantor of human rights and protection of...

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Launch of the 2nd edition of the "Junior Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize - Edition 2022

14 June 2021

This Prize, organised jointly by the CEPEJ and the Faculty of Law of Strasbourg, complements the existing Crystal Scales of Justice Prize. It is open to Master's students from law schools in one of the member States of the Council of Europe or an observer country to the CEPEJ and is organised...

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Training on appeals against acts of enforcement agents in national courts in the Republic of Moldova

1 to 30 June 2021 Republic of Moldova

In June 2021 a series of 10 on-line training seminars are conducted in the field of enforcement in civil and administrative matters, largely based on the new Commentary to the Enforcement Code, recently developed at the initiative of the Council of Europe. The agenda is focused on the examination...

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Evaluation of the performance of enforcement systems and reporting in the Republic of Moldova

Republic of Moldova

An online Seminar on the evaluation and reporting on the performance of enforcement systems and their agents was conducted in the Republic of Moldova. The seminar gathered 25 participants, from the Moldovan National Union of Enforcement Agents as well as court presidents and judges. With the...

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Workshop on Automatic Re-Assignment of Criminal Cases

15 June 2021 Kosovo

On 15 June 2021, the CEPEJ organised a hybrid workshop on implementation of an automatic Re-Assignment of judges and/or judicial panels in criminal cases during which CEPEJ experts presented their findings and recommendations. These recommendations aim to address situations when judges designated...

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Improving the methodology of distribution of resources in the Moldovan judiciary by using statistical data

20 May 2021 Republic of Moldova

The CEPEJ organised on 20 May 2021 a second online seminar on taking decisions with regard to the distribution of resources based on objective data about workload, efficiency and quality of judicial services. The ability of the courts and of the judiciary in general to properly evaluate and...

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Online conference on the role of the judge in mediation for future Tunisian magistrates

11 June 2021 Online

An online conference on "The Judge and Mediation" will be jointly organised by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), the Tunisian High Institute of Magistracy and the Tunisian Ministry of Justice on 11 June 2021 in the framework of the support of the initial training of...

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More efficient courts in Latvia thanks to new technologies

08 June 2021 Latvia

On 8 June 2021, the CEPEJ, in co-operation with the Latvian Ministry of Justice, is organising an online seminar on new technology solutions for more efficient courts in Latvia, with a particular focus on digitisation and electronic case management. CEPEJ experts from Portugal, Austria, Italy and...

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Closure of the Cooperation Project on 9 June 2021 in the presence of the Latvian Minister of Justice and the President of the CEPEJ

08 June 2021 Latvia

On 9 June 2021 the CEPEJ, in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of Justice, will celebrate the closure followed by the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Cooperation Project initiated in September 2019 "Strengthening the access to justice in Latvia through fostering mediation and legal...

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Launch of the Justice Dashboard Eastern Partnership Project

08 June 2021 Online

On 8 June 2021, the CEPEJ will launch the Project "Support for a better evaluation of the results of judicial reform efforts in the Eastern Partnership - Justice Dashboard EaP” through an online meeting with the beneficiary countries, the representatives of the European Commission and the...

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The CEPEJ publishes a specific study on enforcement of court decisions

07 June 2021

Based on the 2018 data collected and processed by CEPEJ, the International Union of Judicial Officers (UIHJ) prepared a specific study on enforcement agents. This study, adopted by the CEPEJ Working Group on Evaluation (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) represents a complement to the CEPEJ European judicial systems...

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Training for Latvian court judges on the length of proceedings and practice related to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights

2 June 2021 Online

The CEPEJ, in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of Justice, organised on 2 June 2021, a training on Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and more particularly on the excessive length of proceedings and the practice related to the case law of the European Court of Human...

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Webinar on reasonable length of proceedings and case backlog in Georgian courts

3 June 2021 Online

Among the series of webinars dedicated to “Judicial proceedings within reasonable time”, this second webinar organised on 3rd of June, was to present the concept of CEPEJ timeframes in conformity with Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights as well as to explain the notion of...

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Conclusions of the seminar on possible solutions for a better management of cases in courts at the time of the Covid-19 crisis for Tunisian magistrates and registrars

05 May 2021 Tunisia

Magistrates and chief registrars from different jurisdictions met on 5 May to exchange with CEPEJ international and national experts on best practices for the internal management of European and Tunisian courts in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic The main conclusions of this videoconference...

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CEPEJ works with lawyers to develop expertise on civil mediation

28 May 2021 Tunisia

On 28 May 2021, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Tunisian National Bar Association (ONAT) will co-organise a seminar on "Mediation in civil matters: which practices and which foundations?" for the attention of Tunisian lawyers. During this event, European...

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The CEPEJ participated in the National day of access to law organised in Strasbourg at the judicial court

25 May 2021 Strasbourg

The aim of the National Day of Access to Law is to familiarise citizens with the actors of justice and to enable them to better know and exercise their rights. The participation of the CEPEJ in this national day was part of its mission to bring users closer to their justice system and to...

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Interventions of the President of the CEPEJ about E-justice in the framework of the celebration of 25 years of cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation

19 and 20 May 2021 Russian Federation

On 20 May 2021, Mr Ramin Gurbanov (GARAGURBANLI) took part in the St Petersburg International Legal Forum, on a session devoted to Digitalization and Cybersecurity in Courts. On the edge of this Forum, the 19 May, he also took part in the 14th annual training cycle for civil servants organised...

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Meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on Cyberjustice and Artificial Intelligence to finalise guidelines on the use of videoconferencing in judicial proceedings

07 May 2021 Online

Since the beginning of the health crisis, the courts have had to find alternatives to allow the continuity of the functioning of justice, and in this framework, the use of videoconferencing has been widely developed. The Working Group on Cyberjustice and Artificial Intelligence...

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The European Union and the Council of Europe help bring European standards to justice systems in Eastern Partnership countries

28 April 2021

The European Union and the Council of Europe present the “Justice Dashboard EaP” with the objective of better measuring the impact of the justice reform efforts of the Eastern Partnership countries. The rule of law, fair justice systems and functioning of democratic institutions are crucial...

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CEPEJ support to developing a Latvian case weighting model

28 April 2021 Online

On 28 April 2021, the Latvian Court Administration and the Working Group responsible for the implementation of the Action Plan on Strengthening the effectiveness of the courts and improving the methods of judicial administration which includes a case-weighing model, presented and discussed the...

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Exchanges of Good practices in cyberjustice project management between the Ministry of Justice of Spain and experts from other European countries

23 April 2021 Online

In the framework of the implementation of the programme for the digital transformation of justice, the Spanish Ministry of Justice wished to exchange information and experiences with international partners on how to rationalise the judicial organisation in a context of digitalisation, on the...

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Tunisian lawyers are trained in mediation

30-31 March 2021 Tunis (Tunisia)

A training course on "The lawyer and mediation" was organised on 30 and 31 March in semi-face-to-face format in Tunis. Aimed at lawyers, it was organized in partnership with the National Order of Lawyers (ONAT) as part of the AP-JUST "Improving functioning, performance and access to justice in...

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Conclusions of the Round Table organised on the theme "Justice for the future: the impact of the health crisis on the functioning of judicial systems in the Southern Mediterranean countries

21 April 2021 Online

About sixty participants from Ministries of Justice, representatives of Councils of State, judges, legal professionals and lawyers from 7 of the Southern Mediterranean regions (Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine* and Tunisia) took part on 8 April in an online Round Table on the...

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Exchange of best practices between the Supreme Court of Slovenia and the French Court of Cassation on improving the quality of justice

23 April 2021 Paris (France)

As part of the reflection of the Supreme courts on the reforms of their organisation, the French Court of Cassation wished to learn about the project "IQ Justice - Improving the Quality of Justice" initiated and implemented by the Supreme Court of Slovenia. This project, winner of the 2019...

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Training of Tunisian clerks of justice in the financial and administrative management of the regional administrations of the Ministry of Justice

5 to 8 April 2021 Tunisia

A first training workshop, organised in Tunis from 5 to 8 April 2021, enabled 25 clerks of justice and agents from the regional administrations of the Ministry of Justice of Bizerte, Beja and Tunis to meet in compliance with health rules and to be trained in administrative and financial...

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The Working Group on Evaluation of judicial systems meets to prepare the data collection and quality control of the 2022 cycle (2020 data)

7 and 9 April 2021 Online

The 40th meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) started on 7 April 2021 in order to prepare the 15th plenary meeting of the national correspondents which takes place on 8 April 2021. The 2nd day of the meeting will be held on 9 April 2021 in order to...

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Launch of the 2022 cycle (2020 data) of the CEPEJ evaluation of the functioning of judicial systems

8 April 2021 Online

The 15th meeting of CEPEJ national correspondents, in charge of providing data for the evaluation exercise of judicial systems, is taking place online on 8 April 2021. This meeting, organised shortly after the opening of the CEPEJ-COLLECT data collection system for the 2022 evaluation cycle of...

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CEPEJ Newsletter: Projects for 2021

30 March 2021 Strasbourg (France)

The CEPEJ has just published its 19th newsletter. It includes the latest publications, the tools under development within the working groups on the evaluation of judicial systems, quality of justice, artificial intelligence and cyberjustice as well as the management of judicial timeframes. There...

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Lessons learned from the Covid-19 health crisis and innovative working methods in judicial institutions

8 April 2021 Online

In the framework of the joint programme co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled "Regional Support to Reinforce Human rights, Rule of Law and Democracy in the Southern Mediterranean" (South Programme IV), the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)...

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Crystal Scales of Justice Prize: deadline 31 March 2021

26 March 2021

The 11th edition of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize has been launched on 11th January 2021. The deadline to submit the applications is 31 March 2021. The aim of this Prize is to identify and highlight innovative practices in the organisation of courts and procedures and the functioning of...

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CEPEJ refines its tools on time management and case management, key elements of efficient justice

30 March 2021 Online

The CEPEJ SATURN Working Group on judicial time management is currently completing its reflection on the role of parties and practitioners in preventing delays in judicial proceedings: it is revising its guidelines on judicial time management so that they also cover court-appointed judicial...

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Digital study visit to Estonia by the Maltese justice sector as inspiration for Malta’s first digital justice strategy

23-24 March 2021 Malta

A group composed of representatives of the Ministry for Justice, Equality and Governance of Malta, civil servants, judges, court managers, judicial trainers, court staff, and other justice sector stakeholders are participating in a virtual study visit to the Estonian Ministry of Justice on 23 and...

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Improving the enforcement system in Azerbaijan

19 March 2021 Azerbaijan

The CEPEJ has developed two important documents in the framework of its project to support the improvement of the enforcement system in Azerbaijan. The documents were drafted by the CEPEJ experts Mr. Mathieu Chardon and Mr. Jos Uitdehaag, based on the results of online assessments with national...

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Round table on “How to reduce the length of the proceedings in Egyptian administrative courts and good practices from European countries”

09 March 2021 Egypt

An online round table for judges of the Egyptian Council of State on “How to reduce the length of the proceedings in Egyptian administrative courts and good practices from European countries” is organised by the CEPEJ on 9 March 2021. The implementation of the CEPEJ SATURN guidelines for judicial...

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Preparation of guidelines for videoconferencing in judicial proceedings as a priority for the new working group of the CEPEJ on artificial intelligence and Cyberjustice

11-12 March 2021 Online

The Working Group on artificial intelligence and cyberjustice of the CEPEJ (CEPEJ-CYBERJUST) will discuss the use of videoconferencing in judicial proceedings during its meeting on 11 and 12 March 2021. Guidelines on videoconferencing are being prepared as a direct answer to the request of the...

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Using CEPEJ tools in taking decisions on budgeting and distributing resources among Moldovan courts based on objective data

25 February 2021 Republic of Moldova

On 25 February 2021, a seminar on the use of CEPEJ tools in taking decisions with regard to distribution of resources in courts has been organised in a videoconference format. European experts familiarised the participants with methods on applying Key Performance Indicators and statistical data...

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Building capacities on judicial communication in the Republic of Moldova

19 February 2021 Republic of Moldova

On 19 February 2021, the CEPEJ organised an online training session on court communication for more than 40 justice professionals, including judges, court presidents, as well as representatives of the Superior Council of Magistrates and the Ministry of Justice. The participants had the...

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Steering Group meeting of the European Union / Council of Europe joint Project in the Republic of Moldova

25 February 2021 Republic of Moldova

On 25 February 2021 the third meeting of the Steering Group of the European Union / Council of Europe joint Project “Support to further strengthening the efficiency and quality of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova”, co-funded by the European Commission and the Council of Europe and...

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CEPEJ supports the setting up of a regular and sustainable assessment of the justice system in Kosovo*

24 February 2021 Kosovo

In 2021, for the second consecutive year, the Kosovo Ministry of Justice will be leading, with CEPEJ support, the assessment of the justice system continuing to move towards the objective of setting up a regular and sustainable assessment of the functioning of the justice system in Kosovo. In...

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Coordination meeting with the representatives of the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Kingdom of Morocco on the monitoring of the performance of public prosecutors' offices

11 March 2021 Kingdom of Morocco

Within the framework of the project "Improving the functioning of justice in Morocco on the basis of the tools developed by the CEPEJ - phase II", conducted since November 2020, CEPEJ experts and representatives of the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office will meet by videoconference on...

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Mediation training seminar for Tunisian lawyers

19 February 2021 Tunisia

The CEPEJ, with the support of the European Union and in partnership with the Tunisian National Bar Association (ONAT) organised on 19 February 2021 a training seminar by videoconference on "The lawyer and mediation". The seminar was opened by Mr Hatem MZIOU, Secretary General of the Tunisian...

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The distance trial in Tunisia: state of play and lessons learned

28 January 2021 Tunisia

Consecrated by Decree-Law No. 2020-12 of 27 April 2020 supplementing the Code of Criminal Procedure, several remote criminal trials have recently been organised in Tunisia. In order to take stock of the situation, draw the first lessons and reflect on these recent experiences, a round table was...

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CEPEJ meeting on the development and management of cyberjustice in the Latvian judicial system

3 March 2021 Latvia

On 3 March 2021, the CEPEJ will organise a webinar on the development of a cyberjustice strategic framework for the Latvian judicial system and way for improving the existing Central Information System. Discussions will focus on the modalities of implementation and the proper involvement of...

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Roundtable on the Judicial Map reform in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic

23-24 February 2021 Slovak Republic

On 23 and 24 February 2021, CEPEJ will organise of a roundtable on the Judicial Map reform in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic. The representatives of the Ministry of Justice, of the Judicial Council, of the Supreme Administrative Court, of affected Regional courts,...

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Workshop on the implementation of timeframes and the importance of performance indicators and Court Statistics in Latvia

25 February 2021 Latvia

On 25 February 2021, the CEPEJ will organise a workshop on the implementation of timeframes of proceedings in courts and the importance of performance indicators and court statistics in Latvia, in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of Justice, with the participation of the Chief Justice of the...

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Information-gathering meetings with the pilot public prosecutor's offices of the Court of Appeal of Safi and the Court of First Instance of Khémisset in the Kingdom of Morocco

23 and 26 February 2021 Kingdom of Morocco

Within the framework of the project "Improviing the functioning of justice in Morocco on the basis of the tools developed by the CEPEJ - phase II", which started in November 2020, the CEPEJ will organise two online working meetings in partnership with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's...

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Supporting the High Judicial Council for a unified methodology for the collection of judicial data in Albania

15 February 2021 Albania

CEPEJ experts are conducting a series of trainings on the new methodology for the collection of the judicial data as part of its support to the High Judicial Council (HJC). In accordance with the Law No. 115/2016 on Governance Institutions of the Justice System, HJC adopted a Guide on the...

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Development of a new tool for judicial statistics in the Republic of Moldova

19 February 2021 Republic of Moldova

The Working Group on publishing national judicial statistics conducts regular meetings to propose a concept of a national tool called “JUSTAT”, aimed at publishing relevant data and performance indicators of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova. The concept is based on the example of...

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Dashboard Western Balkans: Workshop on statistical data concerning external donor’s fund, legal aid and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia

18 February 2021 Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia

The CEPEJ organised on 18th February an online workshop for the representatives of the six beneficiaries of the Action "Dashboard Western Balkans" (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia). Representatives of the European Union also attended. Participants...

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Breaking judges’ isolation during COVID19 pandemic on the agenda of the CEPEJ in Latvia and Georgia

17 & 19 February 2021 Georgia and Latvia

The CEPEJ Guidelines to improve the judge's skills and competences, strengthen knowledge sharing and collaboration, and move beyond a culture of judicial isolation provide concrete tools to remedy to judicial isolation which could have been worsened with the health crisis. The CEPEJ activities in...

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