The aim of the CEPEJ is to contribute to improving the quality of justice and the efficiency of its functioning in the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe.
CEPEJ has started its 3rd cycle of the evaluation of European
judicial systems. This is an important stage of its work to
provide policy makers (ministries, parliaments) and
professionals working in the justice field (councils for the
judiciary, courts, prosecution services, bar associations, etc.)
reliable public policy tools thus allowing them to better
orientate the necessary judicial reforms.
File: Judicial data
e-Justice as an opportunity to enhance justice system effectiveness
launches the next review of functioning of all Council of Europe
member states justice systems. Greater these days interest in
evaluation studies stems from several reasons. In the recession
in economies many finance ministers seek budgetary savings also
among the justice systems expenditures. Ministers of justice
analyze numbers of law courts, judges and cases, and also
courts’ proceedings durations. All want to streamline the
administration of justice processes in an unprecedented scale (partly
due to the recession). e-Justice is becoming discussed as a
necessary tool in improving the efficiency of justice. Rightly,
since prompt decisions in litigious cases, and instant ones in
non-litigious ones, as well as shortened registration procedures
are among the factors that foster the economic growth. And, as
far as criminal cases are concerned, efficient proceeding and
sentencing is an element of both general prevention, and sense
Collection of judicial statistics: organising the national data collection system on the basis of the CEPEJ instruments
Each court in the Council of Europe member states has a duty to
deliver its judgments within a reasonable time and with optimum
quality. Statistics are instruments whereby the caseload of a
court can be effectively managed. The CEPEJ has laid down
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Differences in the data collection procedure between criminal and civil justice data
In the judicial data collection some of the requirements and
organisational rules for the information management seem to be
quite the same both in criminal and in civil matter, mostly if
the collection is assisted by a computerized database .
The role of the Registrar in the data collection procedure
role of the Registrar in the data collection procedure is
closely connected with the court automatisation. This is
reflected both in the field of non-statistical, as well as in
the field of statistical data collection.
The mechanisms of in data collection in countries in transition : the example of Albania
Albania is a country where the economic development is ongoing
and a lot of reforms are ongoing as well. Albania is a country
where a judicial reform is underway. Therefore we do have some
obstacles in data collection and the judicial statistics
performance. This is a whole new process for the court
administrators and for the staff working in the Ministry of
Justice dealing with the preparation of unified statistical
service in the field of justice. The aim of judicial statistics
is to facilitate the efficient functioning of a judicial system
and contribute to the steering of public policies of justice.
Therefore judicial statistics should enable policy makers and
judicial practitioners to get relevant information on court
performance and quality of the judicial system, namely the
workload of courts and judges, the necessary duration for
handling this workload, the quality of courts' outputs and the
amount of human and financial resources to be allocated to the
system to resolve the incoming workload.
Reported by Rezana Balla,
Crystal Scales: Poland has been honoured with the project : “Voluntary work of convicts in Poland”
The Award Ceremony of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize
took place in Brussels on 5 June 2009. “Voluntary work of
convicts in Poland”, by the Central Board Prison Service
(Poland), won the 2009 competition. 3 other projects were
On--going activites: what's new?
Evaluation of judicial systems
The new cycle for evaluating European judicial
systems, concerning 2008 data, is under way. The
national correspondents are collecting data
which will be forwarded through the electronic
scheme to the CEPEJ's Secretariat and experts by
the end of the year so as to be processed and
analysed. The next evaluation report is due to
be published by the CEPEJ in autumn 2010.
Timeframes of proceedings
Guidelines for judicial time management adopted
by the CEPEJ in December 2008, the CEPEJ's SATURN Centre
for judicial time management is setting up tools aimed
at measuring, according to a homogenous way, lengths of
proceedings for some case categories, with the support
of the Network of pilot courts. The SATURN Centre is
thus evolving towards an Observatory of judicial
timeframes in Europe.
European Day for civil Justice
The Secretariat of the CEPEJ went to Fribourg on 10 November 2009 in order to celebrate the main event organised this year in the framework of the European Day for Civil Justice. Events communicated to the CEPEJ Secretariat were organised in Austria, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Slovenia, United Kingdom. The events have benefited from support of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe.
Quality of Justice
A handbook for "carrying out of enquiries of the court user’s satisfaction" is being finalised within the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL. It is namely aimed at heads of courts who would like to organise such surveys. Moreover, a study on "quality systems" in Europe, directed by Philip Langbroek, will be discussed soon within the expert group. Finally, the group is pursuing its study on the contractualisation of court proceedings.
Execution of court decisions
The working group (CEPEJ-GT-EXE) is completing the guidelines aimed to facilitate the implementation of the European standards on execution of non criminal court decisions (in particular Recommendation R(2003)17 on enforcement).
Network of Pilot Courts
The 4th plenary meeting of the Network of pilot courts took place in Strasbourg on 10 September. The pilot courts contribute in particular to setting up the European Observatory of judicial timeframes and have been invited to organise in 2010 court users' satisfaction surveys by using the tools to be provided for by the CEPEJ.
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