Support for a better evaluation of the results of judicial reform efforts in the Eastern Partnership” ("Justice Dashboard EaP"
January 2021 - January 2024
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Context of the Action
The action responds directly to the call made in the Joint Communication on the future of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020 for renewed commitment to the fundamentals of the partnership, including proposing ways to better measure the impact of judicial reforms. It will therefore provide quantitative and qualitative data on the functioning of the judicial systems that will allow for a better measurement of the results of the justice reform efforts supported by the European Commission in the Eastern Partnership. Consequently, this Action will be a key tool in the context of the upcoming European Union-EaP post-2020 policy objectives. This action is cofounded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe
Objectives of the Action
The overall objective of the Action is to support the Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine ) in their efforts to achieve an effective, systematic and data-based monitoring and evaluation on the quality, efficiency, independence and accountability of their justice systems, including the prosecution services. This, in turn, will allow the partner countries to assess the impact of their judicial reform efforts.
- The Action will help, in particular : to improve the mechanism of collection, processing and analysis of judicial data in accordance with CEPEJ standards and tools in the EaP countries;
- to build the capacity of the EaP countries to identify and take into account the strengths and weaknesses of their judicial system and the results of the judicial reforms.
Methodology of data collection
The CEPEJ will collect annually data on the functioning of the justice system in each beneficiary. The methodology for the collection and quality check of data used by the CEPEJ in Evaluation cycles apply to this exercise. Each beneficiary appoints a Justice Eap Dashboard correspondent entrusted with the collection and coordination of the replies to the CEPEJ Dashboard Eap Questionnaire, through the electronic system: CEPEJ-COLLECT. This correspondent is the unique interlocutor of the CEPEJ Secretariat during the whole process. The CEPEJ Questionnaire contains questions from the general CEPEJ evaluation cycles, and some additional questions specific for this Action, some defined in liaison with the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Department for the execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The CEPEJ Dashboard Eap Questionnaire is accompanied by an explanatory note to ensure comparability of data collected through this process. Extensive work is carried out by the Action team responsible for the data collection within the CEPEJ secretariat to verify the quality of the data submitted by the project correspondents.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
EaP 2021 Data collection results
The following three deliverables to show the results of the data collection for 2021 were delivered to the European Commission in the framework of the Justice Dashboard EaP for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
The Comparative tables present quantitative and qualitative data validated for 12 indicators regarding efficiency and quality of justice in the region for all the beneficiaries, organised in tables and charts, accompanied by a summary overview per indicator as well as comments provided for the understanding of data. These tables and graphs also include when relevant some previous cycles’ data (2018 and 2020) so that some regional trends can be identified. The Beneficiary profiles provide an in-depth user-friendly analysis for each beneficiary’s justice system including, with the assistance of a Greco expert, some analysis on accountability within each justice system. Infographics, tables, graphs, comparisons with previous cycles’ data as well as with the regional medians have been used Narrative explanations have been added throughout the document to further facilitate the understanding of the presented data, as well as an executive summary. Key findings and Analysis is a condensed presentation of comparative data for all beneficiaries on the following themes selected by the European Commission: Efficiency, Quality, Mandate of judges and prosecutors, and Accountability. It combines quantitative and qualitative data under each theme, accompanied by reader-friendly graphs and tables.
Part 2 – Beneficiaries profiles
EaP 2020 Data collection results
Part 2 – Beneficiaries profiles
Enhancing Judicial Data Management in Georgia: training and preparation of a methodology for statisticians
From November 17 to 19, 2023, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) organised a training session for court statisticians involved in data collection in Georgian courts. This training was an occasion to present all the issues involved in data collection (ways to harmonize,...
Support to data collection in the framework of CEPEJ Evaluation of judicial systems in the Republic of Moldova
The CEPEJ organised between 27 and 28 September 2023 a data collection support visit in Chisinau (the Republic of Moldova) within the regular biennial CEPEJ evaluation and the Joint Programme "Support for a better evaluation of the result of judicial reform efforts in the Eastern Partnership”...
On 8 and 10 February 2023, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) in cooperation with the Justice Academy of Azerbaijan organised two training sessions on court performance reporting according to its tools and methodology. The aim of the trainings was to develop a standard...
The CEPEJ organised between 23 and 26 January 2023 data collection support visits for some beneficiaries of the Joint Programme "Support for a better evaluation of the result of judicial reform efforts in the Eastern Partnership” ("Justice Dashboard EaP"). These visits took place in Baku...
The second meeting of the Steering Committee of the Action "Support for a better evaluation of the results of judicial reform efforts in the Eastern Partnership" ("Justice Dashboard EaP") will take place on 24 November 2022 via videoconference. It will bring together representatives of the...
On 9-10 July 2022, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) will organise a training for court managers and courts staff in order to enhance their skills to collect and analyse judicial data and to use performance indicators for courts. The collection, processing and analysis...
Justice Dashboard for the Eastern Partnership: support to data collection for the beneficiaries of the project
The CEPEJ is organising from December 2021 to March 2022, a number of data collection support meetings for the beneficiaries of the "Justice Dashboard EaP" Project. The support is provided through online bilateral meetings with national correspondents and their national interlocutors involved in...
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
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...
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...
The European Union and the Council of Europe help bring European standards to justice systems in Eastern Partnership countries
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...