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Efficiency and quality of justice in Europe: 2020 report

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) Strasbourg 22 October 2020
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Efficiency and quality of justice in Europe: 2020 report

A new report has identified a number of broad trends across judicial systems in 45 European countries. Among the findings of the eighth evaluation report drawn up by the Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ):

  • European states spend an average of €72 per inhabitant per year on the legal system
  • The number of female judges and prosecutors is continuing to increase, but the legal profession remains predominantly male
  • On average there are now 164 lawyers per 100,000 inhabitants
  • The number of courts decreased by 10% between 2010 and 2018
  • Courts across Europe were able to continue functioning during the pandemic thanks to recent advances in Information Technology.

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 aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency and functioning of justice in its member states. It is composed of experts from all 47 member states of the Council of Europe and is assisted by a secretariat.


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Efficiency and quality of justice in Europe: Council of Europe publishes its 2020 report


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