The "Crystal Scales of Justice" competition, first launched in 2005, is organised annually by the Council of Europe to highlight innovative and efficient pratices used in European Courts for court organisation of for the conduct of judicial proceedings (for example, initiatives devised by a court president, a registry, a Bar) and deserving to be drawn to the attention of policy-makers and the judicial community so as to improve the functioning of the public justice system.

The prize is awarded by a jury of European legal professionals and the award ceremony takes palce within the framework of the European Day of Justice.

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European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice Edinburgh 27 October 2017
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The winning team of the 2017 Crystal Scales of Justice prize

The winning team of the 2017 Crystal Scales of Justice prize

The Council of Europe has rewarded the Norwegian Court Administration the 2017 Crystal Scales of Justice prize for its initiative “Witness Service in Norwegian courts”.

The Prize, which rewards innovative judicial practices in the European judicial institutions, was given on the occasion of the flagship event of the European Day of Justice, organised in Edinburgh in the presence of Georg Stawa, President of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the jury of the competition composed of eminent personalities from the judicial world.

The project is the result of a national agreement between the Norwegian Court Administration and the Norwegian Red Cross. Through this initiative, Red cross volunteers support witnesses in judicial proceedings. Volunteers are trained and work in pairs with mentors before they fully assume this responsibility. This assistance reinforces the trust of witnesses, and consequently, the quality of their testimony. The establishment of this service also demonstrates a social responsibility of judicial administrations.

Three special mentions have been awarded by equal merit to the following three projects:

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