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The news... (23/02/2018)


Meeting of the Working Group on Quality of Justice 

The CEPEJ Working Group on quality of justice will hold its 23rd meeting in Strasbourg on 14 and 15 March. The Group will particularly address the challenges of artificial intelligence algorithms on judicial systems. It will also address the communication by the courts, the qualitative assessment of judges' activities, the ex ante and ex post evaluation of the impact of legal texts, as well as the setting up electronic case management systems with a user-oriented approach.
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Training in Tirana to improve the system of notifications and the service of judicial documents

The CEPEJ expert, Mr Mathieu Chardon, led training sessions on 19-20 February 2018, at the Tirana Court of First Instance for judicial staff, postal workers and bailiffs. Around 120 professionals participated. The objective was to present measures to improve the system of notifications and the service of judicial documents and seek the harmonisation of practices in light of the new legislation for civil and penal cases. Three judges from Tirana Court of 1st instance were invited to share their concrete experiences in particular and daily challenges. To address these, Mr Chardon presented examples of European good practices and the case- law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the validity of court notifications. A report with proposals for recommendations to improve the current system will soon be shared with the Albanian authorities. This activity took place under the Action “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the justice system in Albania - SEJ II”, which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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The next CEPEJ Newsletter, to be published in April 2018, will focus on justice systems of the future, predictive justice, artificial intelligence and e-justice. Please use the link below to subscribe.


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Ad hoc meeting of the Working Group on the Evaluation of European Judicial Systems

The ad hoc meeting of CEPEJ Working Group on the evaluation of European judicial systems took place in Paris on 19 February 2018 with the aim of making an initial assessment of data collection and quality control for the 2016-2018 evaluation cycle of European judicial systems. This meeting was also be an opportunity to clearly define the content of the report "Efficiency and Quality of Justice - European Judicial Systems" with the experts who will be in charge of drafting the various chapters. This report will be published next October.
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Presentation of the Evaluation report of the Latvian judicial system by CEPEJ experts

The report “Evaluation of the Latvian judicial system” has been developed by a team of CEPEJ experts in cooperation with the Court Administration of Latvia, putting forward an expert view on the Latvian judicial system and the possible ways of improving judicial independence and self-governance, as well as the efficiency and the quality of courts. This report, as well as its main findings and recommendations, were discussed during a meeting on 6 and 7 February 2018 between the CEPEJ experts and representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Council for the Judiciary and other judicial self-governing bodies, the Court Administration, and Latvian courts. On the one hand, the focus of these consultations was, on legislative, institutional and organisational measures which can improve the perception of judicial independence and the public trust in the court system and; on the other hand, on possible ways of increasing the efficiency of court management and the quality of judicial services. These consultations had two main areas of focus: firstly legislative, institutional and organisational measures which can improve the perception of judicial independence and the public trust in the court system. Secondly, participants considered possible ways of increasing the efficiency of court management and the quality of judicial services. As a result of the discussion, the report “Evaluation of the Latvian Judicial System” will be finalised and published soon. A broader presentation of the report, with the participation of CEPEJ experts, is envisaged to go ahead in April 2018. This activity took place in the framework of the programme entitled “Justice for Growth” funded by the European Social Fund.
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Piloting the future Case Management Information System at the Basic Court of Ferizaj (Kosovo*)

On 7 February 2017, a visit was organized to witness the testing of the future Case Management Information System (CMIS), by its users (court staff) at the Basic Court of Ferizaj. In parallel to its direct work with courts in a court coaching programme which includes Ferizaj, the KoSEJ Action is supporting the development of the CMIS to ensure that its successful implementation leads to the improvement of the collection and the management of judicial statistics. This activity took place in light of the "Checklist for users of the information system" contained in the CEPEJ Cyberjustice guidelines. These recommend to use pilot sites to test such systems and gather feedback from users to ensure success in improving the efficiency and quality of justice. Concrete questions were raised to improve the CMIS, including the use of the electronic signature by judges. The KoSEJ Action will pursue its work by seeking possible solutions in this area with the CEPEJ expertise. This activity was organised jointly with the EU-funded Twining Project “Strengthening Efficiency, Accountability and Transparency of the judicial and Prosecutorial system in Kosovo*” and under the KoSEJ Action “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the justice system in Kosovo*”, which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey” ; co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
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Improving the relationship between the media and the judiciary in Albania

On 8 and 9 February 2018, Ms Brigitte Koppenhöfer, CEPEJ international expert, came to Tirana to work on the relationship between the judiciary and the media in the context of the justice reform. She led a workshop to present European good practices to judges, prosecutors, lawyers and representatives of the media to increase the transparency of justice, the quality of reporting of judicial cases by the media, and the public trust in both media and judiciary. She provided practical training sessions with exercises to improve, for example, press releases, courts’ websites, and communications around highly sensitive cases. In bilateral meetings, key beneficiaries and partners expressed the need for ‘communications guidelines’. Recommendations in this respect will be prepared and discussed with Albanian authorities in follow-up activities. This activity took place under the Action “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the justice system in Albania - SEJ II”, which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe
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Cooperation with Malta on case weighting

The judicial authorities of Malta have invited the CEPEJ to assist them in the construction of a system of case weighting within their jurisdictions. The CEPEJ has produced a first summary of the practices in this field, following the plenary meeting of the pilot courts of Kristiansand (Norway) on 6 September 2017. A CEPEJ delegation presented this summary (which brings together a dozen different judicial systems) and their own practices in this area on 12 February 2018. The results of this mission will feed into a forthcoming CEPEJ document on case weighting, which will be discussed at the next meeting of the SATURN Centre for judicial time management.

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Launch of CEPEJ’s work on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in judicial systems

On 8 February 2018, CEPEJ launched its work on the use of artificial intelligence in judicial systems, in coordination with the Committee of the Convention on data protection. A multidisciplinary team of experts will lead the drafting of guidelines for the ethical use of algorithms within justice systems, including predictive justice. A call for contribution will be launched very soon in order to have a broader picture of the different practices in the Member States.


Meeting of the CEPEJ ad hoc working group on the harmonisation of definitions

The second meeting of the CEPEJ ad hoc working group on the harmonisation of definitions took place in Cologne (Germany) on Tuesday 30 January 2018. This group works on all the definitions used in CEPEJ documents in order to elaborate a "CEPEJ glossary" which will be submitted to the CEPEJ working groups for consultation before its adoption by the CEPEJ.


Presentation of the in-depth study of the judicial system of Kosovo* carried out by the CEPEJ

The main conclusions and recommendations of a study carried out with the CEPEJ methodology on the judicial system in Kosovo have been presented to the judicial authorities of Kosovo* on 24 January 2018 in Pristina. This work was carried out within the framework of the programme "Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Kosovo*” (KoSEJ), co-financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe delegation, composed of the expert Ms Julinda BEQIRAJ, the CEPEJ Secretariat and the local office, will detail the work carried out for over a year and possible future work.

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Report "In depth assessment of the judicial system of Kosovo*" : in English, in Albanian, in Serbian
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* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence


Signature of a partnership between the Faculty of Law of Strasbourg and the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

A partnership between the Faculty of Law of Strasbourg and the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) was signed in order to enhance and share respective skills and expertise, to diversify interlocutors and to offer new prospects for research and dialogue. Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law and Mrs. Jeanne-Marie Tuffery-Andrieu, Dean of the Faculty of Law of Strasbourg signed on 16 January 2018 a Declaration of intent formalising this partnership. It will accompany the implementation by the Faculty of a specific curriculum on cyberjustice, which could be supported by the CEPEJ. It will also facilitate the organisation by the Faculty of a series of conferences on the functioning of the European justice and judicial systems, in which members / experts from the CEPEJ or its Secretariat could participate. Similarly, professors from the Faculty of Law could be involved as specialists in the CEPEJ's cooperation activities. This could lead to the joint establishment of a European Crystal Scales Junior Award, organised by both the CEPEJ and the Faculty, open to European students, in order to reward projects aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of European judicial systems. This partnership will finally enrich the Faculty’s European component, and help the CEPEJ strengthen its links with the Strasbourg academic environment.


CEPEJ mobilises all heads of jurisdictions and Public Prosecution Offices of Morocco for training around the issue of court management

All heads of jurisdictions and heads of public prosecution offices of Morocco, that is 250 people, benefitted from six days of training on new court management techniques by the CEPEJ. This wide-scale training was held in October, November and December over nine sessions, held in three different locations (Agadir, El Jadida and Tanger) in order to be as close as possible to the jurisdictions. Approximately 20 trainers, CEPEJ experts, delivered the training consecutively and participated in debates about budget management, judicial activity and communication. This training took place in collaboration with the French National School of Magistrates (ENM). Thus, the CEPEJ continues its work with the Moroccan courts which started in 2012. This training has been organised within the framework of the project ‘Improving the Functioning of Justice in Morocco using the tools of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice’, financed by the EU, co-financed by the Council of Europe and implemented by the CEPEJ.
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