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The news... (16/01/2018)


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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Court Coaching Project in Kosovo* addressing the excessive length of proceedings in the Basic Court of Pristina

On 28-29 November 2017, a CEPEJ international expert met with the President of the Basic Court of Pristina, its statistics officer and civil judges to work on the implementation of a court-coaching project within the civil department of the court to address the excessive length of proceedings. For this purpose, measures to improve the current system of collection and analysis of statistics within the court were discussed to gradually change its current focus on the number of solved cases to other key indicators of the court’s performance. These include the length of proceedings, the age of the pending cases, and the clearance rate which should be analysed comparatively also, on the basis of the data compiled per categories of cases and per departments or courts. Accordingly, the Basic Court of Pristina will now start monitoring the length of proceedings in its civil division. The same could then be proposed to other courts. This activity took place 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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Morocco: Reform of Justice - Court Management and New Roles of Court officers

Every court official, high level representative of the Ministry of Justice of Morocco as well as all members of the High Council of the Judiciary, of the Higher judicial Institute and of the Office of the Public Prosecutor will meet for the last training session on new roles of judicial officials with regards to court management on 12 and 13 December 2017 in Agadir, El Jadida and Tanger. This event marks the end of an important 6-day training cycle which was opened to all judicial officials of the country to address the proposed themes of the programme: the organisation of a jurisdiction and roles of heads of jurisdictions; human resources management; budgetary and real estate management; security and communications. This training session follows-up on two other sessions which took place on 10-11 October and on 8-9 November 2017 in the above mentioned cities. This training, designed by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of Morocco and the French Higher Judicial Institute is 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 European Union, co-financed by the Council of Europe, and implemented by the CEPEJ. The European Union is committed alongside the Kingdom of Morocco with a programme to support financially the justice sector to assist with the implementation of the justice reform resulting in a major institutional reorganisation of the administration of justice. The heads of courts are the first concerned by this reform which in particular, aims to promote greater efficiency and improve the quality of the public service of justice on a day-to-day basis. This training is a follow-up of the work carried out by the CEPEJ with numerous Moroccan courts since 2012, in the framework of programs financed by the European Union.
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European notaries contribute to the CEPEJ's evaluation exercise

The Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) has prepared the first contribution of legal professionals to the specific study of the CEPEJ on the legal professions. This in-depth study, which includes the 2014 data of the CEPEJ and enriches them with examples on the practices and experience of notaries in the Member States, is published on the CEPEJ website and in the CEPEJ-STAT system. The CNUE is a body set up in 1993 and composed of 22 members. The CNUE, whose mission is to promote the notariat and represent it in European institutions, is an observer at the Working group on evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL).

Contribution of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE)


Clarifying the new roles of court presidents, chancellors, and legal advisors and legal assistants in Albania

On 14 November, a CEPEJ court coaching project for all 10 pilot courts was launched in Tirana, Albania, to support, at their request, Court Presidents, Chancellors, legal advisors and legal assistants with their concrete understanding of respective roles following the adoption of new laws in this area. The objective of this particular project is to develop a report with concrete guidelines to support future training. As a first step, a meeting was led by three CEPEJ experts, Vivien Whyte, Jon Johnsen and Marco Fabri, to present European standards and examples of good practices. Workshops per role also took place to discuss concrete measures to encourage proactive engagement to contribute to a better court management system in Albania. This activity took place under the SEJ II Action “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the justice system in Albania”, 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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