The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

Evaluation of European Judicial Systems

The statute of the CEPEJ emphasizes the comparison of judicial systems and the exchange of knowledge on their functioning. The scope of this comparison is broader than ‘just’ efficiency in a narrow sense: it also emphasizes the quality and the effectiveness of justice.


In order to fulfil these tasks, the CEPEJ has undertaken a regular process for evaluating judicial systems of the Council of Europe's member states.


Its Working Group on the evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) is in charge of the management of this process.


To facilitate the process of collecting and processing judicial data, an online electronic version of the Scheme has been created. Each national correspondent can thus accede to a secured webpage to register and to submit the relevant replies to the Secretariat of the CEPEJ.


National replies also contain descriptions of legal systems and explanations that contribute greatly to the understanding of the figures provided. They are therefore a useful complement to the report, although because of the need to be concise and consistent, it was not possible to include all this information in this report. Thus, a genuine data base on the judicial systems of the Council of Europe's member states is easily accessible to all citizens, policy makers, law practitioners, academicians and researchers.


In the meantime, the States, if they wish, have the possibility to update some key data. As for the previous cycle and from the information contained in the report, the CEPEJ wished to complete this stage of knowledge of the judicial systems by a stage of deepened analysis of some topics.



Save the date ! Publication of the CEPEJ 2016 report /Press conference on 6 October in Paris

The Council of Europe will be making public the 2016 report (data from 2014) of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on Thursday 6 October at 11 am, at a press conference in its Paris office (55 Avenue Kléber, 16th arrondissement, métro Boissière). The President of the CEPEJ, Georg Stawa, and the Chair of the Working Group on the evaluation of judicial systems, Jean-Paul Jean, will outline the trends and key data in this CEPEJ report.


This study contains an analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data gathered in 45 of the Council of Europe’s member states and Israel concerning the budgets of the judicial systems, justice professionals, the organisation of judicial systems and the effectiveness and quality of the public justice service delivered to users. Accreditation imperative by 4 October 2016.




2014-2016 cycle

6th Report - Edition 2016 (2014 data)

Evaluation scheme

Explanatory note

Evaluation scheme - IT questions

Explanatory note - IT questions

Key judicial indicators

Former cycles

- 2014 -


Overview of the report


Press release

Video of the press conference

Interview of Stéphane Leyenberger, Secretary of the CEPEJ

Powerpoint presentation

Key figures


Evaluation scheme

Explanatory note Complete files


CEPEJ Guidelines on Judicial Statistics (GOJUST)





Terms of reference
Composition of the Working Group
Meeting reports