The 2019 European Crystal Scales of Justice prize, organised by the Council of Europe and rewarding innovative judicial practices in the European judicial institutions, was awarded to the Slovenian Supreme Court on 25 October 2019 in Oslo (Norway), on the occasion of the flagship event of the European Day of Justice, in presence of Mr Fredrik Bøckman Finstad, from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Norway, of Mr Ramin Gurbanov, President of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), of Mr Christophe Poirel, Director of Human Rights, Council of Europe as well as of the members of the jury of the competition composed of eminent personalities from the judicial world.
The project ‘Improving the quality of justice’ (in Slovenian - Izboljanje kakovosti sodstva (IKS)) is a global project for the Slovenian justice with a wide range of innovative tools and methods, involving judicial staff, judges and court staff. The objectives of this project are multiple:
- increase the quality of judicial activity;
- increase the competence of judicial staff – a better satisfaction of judicial staff and judges as well as better working conditions for them;
- improve communication between judges for a better communication with court users and thus promote judicial self-governance;
- increase the trust in judiciary.
Three special mentions have been awarded to the following three projects:
- “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], 1st 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
Representatives of the awarded initiatives will be invited to present their project at the plenary meeting of the CEPEJ in early December 2019.
The initiatives awarded with the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize will feed the thoughts of Master 1 and Master 2 students of the Law Faculties of one of the member States of the Council of Europe or of an observer State to the CEPEJ in the framework of the Junior Crystal Scales of Justice Prize, the first edition of which has just been launched, and for which applications can be submitted until 30 November 2019.