An independent and impartial judicial system open to all

Efficiency of justice

An independent and impartial judicial system open to all


Efficiency of Justice


The Council of Europe's activities in the judicial field are based on Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that "everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law". This article is one of the pillars of what is generally known as the 'rule of law'.

To encourage the full application of Article 6, the Council of Europe has established a Consultative Council of European Judges, or CCJE, composed exclusively of judges from the organisation's 47 member countries. The role of the CCJE is to strengthen the independence, impartiality and competence of judges.

The Consultative Council has no equivalent in any other international organisation. Its activities are matched by those of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice, or CEPEJ, which has a more general remit to develop the standards of judicial systems and public justice services.

Finally, the work of these two bodies is complemented by that of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) and the Lisbon Network for the training of judges.

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice celebrates 10 years of action for the efficiency and quality of justice and courts

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) celebrates its 10th anniversary on 6 December 2012. The event will give an overview of the CEPEJ work over the past 10 years and its contribution to the improvement of the quality of justice and the efficiency of its functioning in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. It will be followed by the plenary meeting of the CEPEJ, on 7 December, focusing on the new evaluation scheme for European judicial systems in 2012-2014.

Other topics will include the CEPEJ report "Length of court proceedings in the member states of the Council of Europe based on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights", and implementation of a permanent Observatory of justice in Europe.

New recommendations on the management of the means of the public prosecution services

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) adopted an opinion on the management of the means of the public prosecution services at its plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 26-27 November 2012). The analysis of the situation in the different member States highlighted that the budgets granted to prosecution services are regarded as insufficient, and more so in a period of economic crisis leading to the necessity of rationalisation of the management of the resources. The CCPE opinion gives recommendations to identify the needs, distribute and use, in a more efficient way, resources of the prosecution services. The Committee of Ministers will take note of this opinion in January 2013.
 

 

CEPEJ publishes evaluation report on European judicial systems

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) published on 20 September 2012, its 4th evaluation report on European judicial systems, within the framework of the Conference of Ministers of Justice in presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Ministers of Justice, Secretaries for justice as well as eminent judicial and political persons from the 47 member states of the Organisation. (more...)

European Day of Civil Justice

Celebrated yearly on 25 October, this event aims aims to promote the work of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe in the field of civil justice, through simulation of procedures and information sessions.

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Yambol administrative Court of Bulgaria, Winner of the 2010 Crystal Scales of Justice Prize for innovative Court practices: "Equal before the law, but not always equal before the language – Improving communication between courts and citizens"

The 2010 European Crystal Scales of Justice prize for innovative court practices was awarded on 25 October in Ljubljana, marking the European Day of Civil Justice. (suite...)

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The Secretary of the CEPEJ, Stéphane Leyenberger, recalled in a recent interview, the main objectives of the CEPEJ evaluation report of European Judicial systems, an important tool enabling to orient the necessary reforms of the judicial systems. (more...)

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