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The news... (16/06/2016)


Call for tender for the development of a CEPEJ statistical information system

The CEPEJ, in co-operation with the Directorate of Information Technologies of the Council of Europe, is launching a call for tender for the development of an internet tool to collect data for its statistical database, which is related to the functioning of European judicial systems. All bids must be submitted not later than 4 July 2016 to the Tenders’ Board of the Council of Europe, according to the requirements set in the call for tenders.
Link to the call for tender


Plenary CEPEJ meeting

The 27th CEPEJ plenary meeting will take place on 30 June and 1 July. The meeting will essentially focus on the adoption of the reports of the 2014-2016 evaluation cycle on the functioning of the European judicial systems, for which the publication is scheduled on 6 October 2016.

Draft agenda


"Training of Trainers" in mediation practices in Ankara

A training session on teaching mediation practices was held in Ankara from 6 to 8 June 2016. It was led by two experts of the CEPEJ, accompanied by two professional experts. During the three day programme, participants had the opportunity to simulate mediation practices, to become familiar with the key elements of effective mediation, and to learn how to use several practical tools to train future Turkish mediators themselves. Meanwhile, the CEPEJ experts and the consultants were able to offer their recommendations on the mediators’ training curriculum, which is in the process of being developed and drafted, in line with European standards and in particular with the "CEPEJ Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing recommendation concerning family mediation and mediation in civil matters". This activity was organised within the framework of the cooperation programme between Turkey and the CEPEJ, entitled "“Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” between the Republic of Turkey and the CEPEJ, and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Turkey.
More information about the Programme


Efficiency and quality of justice - study visits to Estonia, Slovenia and Croatia

Two study visits on efficiency and quality of justice for representatives of the CEPEJ pilot courts and justice stakeholders from Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova took place on 9-12 May 2016 (Estonia) and 24-26 May (Slovenia and Croatia). Representatives of the Moldovan and Azeri pilot courts and other justice sector stakeholders visited the ministries of justice, judicial self-governing bodies and training institutions, supreme courts, appellate and first instance courts of the host countries. The participants became familiar with the organisation of the judicial systems, the authorities involved in judicial administration, the specifics of judicial training, etc. The visits mainly focused on recent legislative, institutional and organisational reforms introduced in the countries visited for the purpose of improving the efficiency and quality of justice as a public service. The study visits were carried under the Projects entitled "Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan" and "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova", which are part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.
More information about the Programme in the Republic of Moldova

More information about the Programme in Azerbaijan


Working Group meeting on conducting satisfaction surveys in the CEPEJ pilot courts of the Republic of Moldova

Together with the participation of six CEPEJ pilot courts, the High Judicial Council, the Ministry of Justice, the National Institute of Justice and the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova, the working group discussed in detail and then adapted and approved the questionnaires and the methodology for conducting satisfaction surveys among court users, lawyers and court staff, at the meeting of 18-19 May 2016. Each type of survey will be carried out in the pilot courts in order to test the methodology and for the further dissemination of satisfaction surveys as a good practice in all Moldovan courts. Mr Luigi Cipollini, a CEPEJ expert and a statistician from the Department of Statistics and Organizational Analysis of the Ministry of Justice of Italy, presented, on the basis of Italian courts’ experience, the challenges of conducting satisfaction surveys at court level, and also provided advice on how to overcome such challenges. The meeting was organised under the Project entitled "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova", which is part of the CoE/EU Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe.

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Interview of the chairmen of two courts in the Republic of Azerbaijan about their co-operation with the CEPEJ

Mr Aladdin Jafarov, Chairman of the Baku City Yasamal District Court, and Mr Mubariz Akbarov, Chairman of the Sheki Appeal Court, have agreed to share their views about the work carried out by the CEPEJ in Azerbaijan since July 2015. They have pointed in particular to the involvement of the pilot courts and of the CEPEJ team in implementing the tools developed by the CEPEJ. These tools aim to reduce judicial timeframes and improve the quality of services provided by the courts. The activities are being carried out in the framework of the Project entitled “Support to Increased Efficiency of Courts, Improved Training of Judges and Judicial Self-governance in Azerbaijan”, which is part of the Council of Europe and European Union Eastern Partnership Programmatic Co-operation Framework 2015-2017.
Mr Mubariz AKBAROV - Chairman - Sheki Court of Appeal
Mr Aladdin JAFAROV - Chairman - Baku City Yasamal District Court


The Mediation screens – a new tool for Turkish courts 

Mediation Centres, which have been initially established in 6 pilot jurisdictions (Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Kayseri, Mersin) have been using the UYAP (National Judicial Network System) mediation screens, since 30 May 2016. UYAP is a network that connects courts, mediators and mediation centres under a unified mediation portal, and it hosts “Mediation Information Forms” developed in cooperation with the CEPEJ Experts. Litigants are provided with these mediation forms through its interface, directly by judges in the pilot courts. In addition to the introduction of an alternative dispute resolution scheme, this system also aims at enabling the Turkish Ministry of Justice to collect data on the use of UYAP and on mediated cases, before this pilot system can be applied nation-wide. This system is being implemented under the framework of the cooperation programme entitled “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” between the Republic of Turkey and the CEPEJ, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Turkey.
More information about the UYAP system (in Turkish)
More information about the Programme


Training in Morocco on court management and on the implementation of the CEPEJ tools

On 25 and 26 May 2016, the CEPEJ experts travelled to Rabat (Morocco) for a two-day training on the implementation of the CEPEJ tools in the field of quality of justice, judicial experts, courts’ organisation and accessibility, court management, and the draft code on judicial organisation. A working plan comprising the CEPEJ, the Higher Institute of Magistrates and the Ministry of Justice and Freedom is being set up. The training session has been organised within the framework of the Programme to support the justice sector reform - Improving the functioning of the justice system in Morocco, using the tools of the CEPEJ. The programme is financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
Programme of the training session of 25 May 2016
Programme of the training session of 26 May 2016


Presentation of the CEPEJ experts’ recommendations implemented in Karlovac and Varazdin pilot courts to the courts of Osijek area (Croatia)

On 24 and 25 May a team of CEPEJ experts travelled to Osijek (Croatia), to present the recommendations implemented in Karlovac and Varazdin pilot courts to the courts of Osijek area. These recommendations, which have been compiled in a handbook, include judicial timeframes management, mediation, judicial experts and the introduction of satisfaction surveys. The recommendations have already been presented to the Croatian municipal courts during two similar workshops. This activity has been organised in the framework of the Co-operation programme between Croatia and CEPEJ, funded by the EEA Fund / Norway Grants and entitled “Improving the quality and efficiency of the judicial system through infrastructure development and better management".
Programme

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International Conference and Working Group Meetings on Legislative Amendments to Mediation Law in Turkey

An International conference, together with Working group meetings on amendments to the Turkish legislation on mediation were organised in Ankara on 11- 13 May 2016, with the participation of the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Cassation, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, mediators, lawyers, judges, court clerks, academics, as well as trade unions and NGOs. They were supported by the CEPEJ, and by national experts who contributed to take stock of the current state of mediation practices and developed proposals and recommendations concerning the amendments prescribed by the Turkish legislation. The workshops focused on three subjects: labour and family law, and on effective mediation services. This work aimed at analysing the existing legislation and at identifying legislative amendments, in respect of the current practices in Turkey and Europe. A final review meeting will be held in October 2016, in order to assess the progress made, and to elaborate final proposals and recommendations on legislation. These activities were organised in the framework of the Project entitled “Developing Mediation Practices in civil disputes in Turkey”.
Programme

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Peer review of the Serbian judicial data collection system

At the request of the Ministry of Justice of Serbia, the CEPEJ team of experts responsible for the evaluation of the judicial data collection system paid a visit to Belgrade (Serbia) in March 2016. They carried out an in-depth analysis of the data collection process of the courts and other judicial authorities, in order to improve the understanding and the interpretation of the CEPEJ questions, as well as the quality of the statistical data of the judicial system.
Link to the peer evaluation report


4th Steering Committee Meeting of the Programme entitled “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey”

The fourth meeting of the Steering Committee (SC) of the Project entitled “Developing Mediation Practices in Civil Disputes in Turkey” took place in Ankara on 10 May 2016 and it was chaired by Mr Musa Heybet, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice. The SC is composed of representatives of Turkish ministries, judicial and academic bodies, the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (Sida), and the Council of Europe. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the results achieved since November 2015, together with the risks foreseen in the future implementation period. The SC members were also briefed by the CEPEJ experts on the outcomes of the assessment visits carried out to six pilot jurisdictions, and about pilot practices in these jurisdictions. The Head of the Mediation Department of the Ministry of Justice, and the representatives of Sida expressed their consent to the amendments to the Action Plan proposed in the Mid-Term Evaluation report, and their satisfaction with regards to the results achieved so far.

More information about the Project


Meeting of the national correspondents in charge of collecting statistical data

The meeting of the national correspondents of 46 States, which are in charge of collecting data on the functioning of judicial systems for the CEPEJ took place in Strasbourg on 4 May. This meeting has been held in preparation of the next CEPEJ evaluation report on the European judicial systems. On this occasion, the group examined the draft report on the CEPEJ key data, the specific draft report about courts and the new information technologies, as well as a new data presentation through a dynamic database available on internet.
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