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The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice


We invite you to browse through the site to learn more about the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and its activities.

The news... (13/12/2017)


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.
More information about the project


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.
More information about the programme


Evaluation cycle – participation of Morocco

A meeting with all the persons involved in the data collection process for the next cycle of evaluation of judicial systems carried out by the CEPEJ took place in Rabat on 14 November 2017. The meeting was organized at the initiative of the national correspondent representing Morocco and was attended by representatives of the different services of the concerned ministries, the Superior Council of the Judiciary, the Court of cassation and the Prosecutor General Office. The audience, composed of around 35 persons, reviewed in detail the CEPEJ Evaluation scheme. Mr Abderrafi EROUIHANE, Head of the Studies, Cooperation and Modernization Department of the Ministry of Justice, highlighted the efficient collaboration between CEPEJ and the working group established in Morocco and welcomed the work of the latter. Indeed, Morocco is participating for the first time in the evaluation exercise; only two States having the status of observer with CEPEJ have undertaken such initiative. This activity has been organised in the framework of the Joint programme entitled: "Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the tools of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)", financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
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Launch of CEPEJ court users’ satisfaction surveys in Kosovo* on 15 November 2017

Since 15 November 2017, CEPEJ Satisfaction Surveys have been implemented in three pilot courts: the Basic Courts of Gjakova, Pristina, and Prizren. Two questionnaires for court users and for lawyers were prepared by a national Steering Committee set for this purpose and composed of court staff such as judges, spokespersons, and administrators, as well as representatives of the Kosovo Bar Association. Questionnaires were developed according to the model questionnaires of the CEPEJ “Handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys for courts users” and the specific needs of the courts. They have been translated into Albanian and Serbian, and also Turkish for the Basic Court of Prizren. The surveys will enable these courts to evaluate their performance and to improve their services for their court users. The intention is to ensure that these surveys are then used regularly and sustainably in Kosovo. This activity has been organised in the framework of the programme entitled “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Kosovo* (KoSEJ)”, 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.
More information about the project


Meeting of the CEPEJ working group on mediation

The meeting of the CEPEJ working group on mediation (GT-MED) will take place in Strasbourg on 16 and 17 November 2017. On this occasion, the Working group will analyse the replies to the questionnaire on the impact of the CEPEJ guidelines on mediation as well as the GT-MED toolkit aimed at complementing these guidelines.
Draft agenda


Support to the Ministry of Justice and the High Council of Justice with the new judicial map in Albania

On 27 October 2017 a draft report by CEPEJ experts (Fabio Bartolomeo, Carmela Germinario) was presented, which includes concrete recommendations to support Albanian authorities with the development of a new judicial map. This report was prepared according to the CEPEJ Guidelines on Judicial Maps and was positively welcomed by all beneficiaries. The report will be finalised taking due account of the feedback from beneficiaries and will include an analysis of the context, the CEPEJ expertise for a robust judicial map review and up-to-date statistics in this area. 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.
More information about the Programme


Improving the new scheme for the evaluation of judges in Albania

On 30-31 October 2017, in Tirana, Albania, a CEPEJ expert, Ms Anne Sanders, led a seminar together with the Chief Inspector of the High Council of Justice and an expert from Euralius to address recent developments concerning the evaluation of judges. Following her various meetings with key beneficiaries, Ms Sanders will update her 2014 report, taking due account of the information collected on the impact of the current justice reform. This CEPEJ report will be addressed to national authorities and will include recommendations to improve the new scheme for the evaluation of judges according to the Opinion Nr 17 (2014) of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) ‘On the evaluation of judges‘ work, the quality of justice and judicial independence‘ with examples of European good practices. 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.
More information about the Programme


Morocco: Reform of Justice - Court Management and New Roles of Court officers

Around 300 officers of the court officers, as well as the highest authorities from the Ministry of Justice of Morocco judiciary had again a meeting on 8 and 9 November in Tangers, El Jadida and Agadir for a training session on the new roles of heads of jurisdictions. The training was 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 (CEPEJ)", financed by the European Union, co-financed by the Council of Europe, and implemented by the CEPEJ. This session was one of the three sessions of a training cycle that was designed by the CEPEJ in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Morocco and the French National School of Magistrates (ENM). This cycle started in October 2017 and will end in December 2017.  "Morocco is changing (...), the current reform is carried by the judicial officials who are mobilized (...), this reform will give confidence to the citizens in their justice (...)" said Mr. Mohamed Aujjar, Moroccan Minister of Justice, in October on the occasion of the launching of this training cycle. This cycle is composed of three modules: the organisation of a jurisdiction and the role of heads of jurisdiction, management dialogue, managing human resources, as well as managing budgets and property, security and communications. 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 will be the first to benefit from 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.
More information about the Programme


The CEPEJ awards the 2017 Crystal Scales of Justice Prize to the Norwegian Courts Administration

Edinburgh (United Kingdom), 27.10.2017 – The Norwegian Courts Administration has just been rewarded for an initiative entitled “Witness Service in Norwegian courts”. The 2017 European Crystal Scales of Justice prize, organised by the Council of Europe and rewarding innovative judicial practices in the European judicial institutions, was awarded to this Administration on 27 October 2017 in Edinburgh (United Kingdom), on the occasion of the flagship event of the European Day of Justice, in presence of Mr 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 ““Witness Service in Norwegian courts” is the result of a national agreement between the Norwegian Courts 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:

- Court Pulse - The Management Revolution, by the Judicial-Legal Council and Institute of law and philosophy of the Academy of Sciences if Azerbaijan
- Educational Programme “Judiciary – Informed choice and public confidence. Open Courts and Prosecutors’ Offices”, by the Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Bulgaria
- Migrantes – Courts of Catania and discharging appeals against the action taken by the Territorial Commissions for International Protection, by the Court of Catania, Italy

 

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European Day of Justice 2017, celebrated on 25 October

To celebrate the European Day of Justice,  local, national and international events took place in 20 member states of the organisation. This day was to bring justice closer to citizens, to inform them about their rights and promote the work of the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of justice through simulation of procedures and information sessions. It is aimed at European citizens, students and people who work in the field of justice. In France, for example, the Notaries of France held a live information session on Facebook for an audience of expats. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, courts opened their doors to citizens, people who work in the field of justice and students. Another example was  Lithuania, where the courts all over the country answered citizens' legal questions and present their activities. Representatives of the Council of Europe celebrated the European Day of Justice on the occasion of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize awarding ceremony which took place at the Judicial Institute of Scotland (United Kingdom) on 27 October 2017. The list of events organised in Europe can be consulted on the CEPEJ website.
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