The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

  Country profile: ESTONIA

CEPEJ Member


National Correspondent

Mr Marko AAVIK
Deputy Secretary General of the Judicial Administration at the Ministry of Justice
  +372 6803 105



Margit LAURI
Judicial administration policy department Ministry of Justice

Mrs Margit LAURI
Judicial administration policy department
Ministry of Justice
Member of the Lisbon Network


Pilot Court
 Mr Tanel KASK
Head of Judicial Training Department
Supreme Court of Estonia

Evaluation Exercise



Translations of CEPEJ documents (if available):

Links to relevant Institutions



Ministry of Justice

Supreme Court (includes English versions of constitutional judgments)


The Prosecutor’s Office

Bar Association

Chamber of Notaries


The Chancellor of Justice

The Parliament

The drafts of legislation (in Estonian, for the public consultation)

Estonian legal acts (in Estonian, the electronic version of Official Journal)

Estonian legal acts (English translations)

Estonian Police

Estonian Association of Judges


Legal texts (Codes, laws, regulations etc.)
Case-law of the higher court/s
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Other documents (e.g. forms)

   Practical information:
   Forms (in Estonien):

Recent developments in the judicial field

The special mention of the Crystal Scales of Justice has been delivered to the Ministry of Justice of Estonia for the initiative A central Database for Justice (E-File) (16 October 2014)


2 July 2013: Main changes have been taken place concerning social guarantees of judges. Since 1st of April 2013, the number of vacation days of the judges from every instance of the courts were diminished to 35 days per year, before that date the vacation was longer and it used to depend from the court instance.  Generally all civil servants in Estonia have 35 vacation days per year. But there is still are no requirements or bill of requirements for judges to work a certain numbers of hours every day or month.

The salaries of judges will increase as from 1st of July in 2013 and the salaries of judges will be up to 30 per cent higher than before the reform (3300 euros in first instance courts and 3900 euros in second instance courts, the average salary in Estonia is approximately 900 euros), but at the same time there will be no special judges pension for judges, who will be appointed to the office after 1st of July in 2013. But judges who are already in office are entitled to the special judge`s pension to guarantee their lawful expectations. The main idea of reform was that as a judge receives higher salary now, it is possible to save money and to make voluntary payments into ones pension pillars.

Organisational chart of the system of justice