The "Crystal Scales of
Created in 2005, the "Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize
is a competition aimed at discovering and highlighting innovative and efficient
practices concerning the functioning of justice, judicial
procedures or the organisation of courts.
These practices are
conducted in European jurisdictions (for example, initiatives devised by a court president, a registry, a Bar).
They are drawn to the attention of policy-makers and the judicial
community so as to improve the functioning of the public justice
In 2017, the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize awarding
ceremony will take place in Edinburgh (United Kingdom) on
October 2017, in the framework of the celebration of the
European Day of Justice.
2017 edition of the Crystal Scales of Justice
Out of 37 applications from 18 countries and also
from two international institutions, the jury, composed
of justice professionals, shortlisted four projects,
which will be presented at the Crystal Scales of Justice
Prize awarding ceremony in Edinburgh on 27 October 2017.
The four initiatives are:
- Court Pulse - The Management Revolution, by the
Judicial-Legal Council and Institute of Law and
of Sciences of Azerbaijan;
- Educational Programme “Judiciary: informed choice and
public confidence. Open Courts and Prosecutors’
Offices”, by the Supreme Judicial Council of the
Republic of Bulgaria;
- Migrants – Courts of Catania and discharging appeals
against the action taken by the Territorial Commissions
for International Protection, by the Court of Catania,
- Witness Service in Norwegian courts, by the Norwegian
The Crystal Scales of Justice Prize will be awarded to
one of these 4 projects, and the remaining 3 will
receive a special mention from the jury.
A press conference will take place within the Learning
Suite, Judicial Institute for Scotland, Parliament
House,11 Parliament Square, Edinburgh on Friday 27
October 2017 at 12.15 after the proclamation of the
palmares of the 2017 edition of the Crystal Scales of
Justice Prize. Interested persons are invited to
register before the event by contacting
CEPEJ@coe.int, before 25 October 2017.
Programme of the Prize Awarding ceremony