The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

The "Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize


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 system.


In 2017, the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize awarding ceremony will take place in Edinburgh (United Kingdom) on 27 October 2017, in the framework of the celebration of the European Day of Justice.


2017 edition of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize

 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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