Dutch Council publishes working paper on Independence and Accountability PDF Print E-mail
We use the data to gain a deeper understanding of various ways
to approach judicial independence and the main determinants of independence by a statistical analysis
presented here. We try to answer three questions in particular. First, do perceptions of independence
differ between citizens and judges? Second, which are the important determinants of independence, as
perceived by judges in judicial practice? And third, what is the relationship, if any, between perceived
independence and formal safeguards of independence?

The Netherlands Council for the Judiciary has conducted a further study of the results of the ENCJ Independence and Accountability report 2014-2015.

The working paper Independence and Accountability: Judicial Perceptions and Formal Safeguards uses the data gathered by ENCJ to gain a deeper understanding of various ways to approach judicial independence and the main determinants of independence through a statistical analysis. The paper sets out to answer three questions in particular. First, do perceptions of independencediffer between citizens and judges? Second, which are the important determinants of independence, as perceived by judges in judicial practice? And third, what is the relationship, if any, between perceived independence and formal safeguards of independence?

 
New Year Message from the President of the ENCJ PDF Print E-mail
New Year Message from the President of the ENCJ
I wish all our member Councils and Observers a very happy New Year.
2016 promises to be an exciting year for the ENCJ.  I am confident that our project teams will produce some ground breaking reports on the quality of justice, the financing of justice systems, and the role of non-judicial representatives in judicial governance.  We are also about to embark on two joint projects with each of the European Law Institute and the European Judicial Training Network.  With ELI, we will be looking at the proper limits of ADR systems in relation to the domain for the judge; and with the EJTN, we will be devising programmes to train judges and court presidents in the standards, guidelines and best practices established by the ENCJ.
There will be challenges too in 2016.  Our work with the European Commission in supporting the Justice Scoreboard is reaching a critical stage, where we will be trying to produce input on the indicators of the quality of justice systems – of course, we shall be looking at the matter from a judicial standpoint, but even that is not an easy task.  Also in the last year, we have received more requests for co-operation than ever before.  The nature of the problems identified shows what challenging times are facing Councils for the Judiciary across the EU and in candidate and potential candidate states.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those of you who do so much hard work for the ENCJ.  I am convinced that the ENCJ is becoming more influential in European judicial affairs with every year that passes.  That is very much down to your efforts and to those of our assiduous Executive Board Members and the staff in the ENCJ office.
Let’s hope that 2016 will be a hugely successful year for the ENCJ and all its member Councils and Observers.
With my personal best wishes,
Geoffrey Vos
President of the ENCJ

I wish all our member Councils and Observers a very happy New Year.  2016 promises to be an exciting year for the ENCJ.  I am confident that our project teams will produce some ground breaking reports on the quality of justice, the financing of justice systems, and the role of non-judicial representatives in judicial governance.  We are also about to embark on two joint projects with each of the European Law Institute and the European Judicial Training Network.  With ELI, we will be looking at the proper limits of ADR systems in relation to the domain for the judge; and with the EJTN, we will be devising programmes to train judges and court presidents in the standards, guidelines and best practices established by the ENCJ.There will be challenges too in 2016.  

Our work with the European Commission in supporting the Justice Scoreboard is reaching a critical stage, where we will be trying to produce input on the indicators of the quality of justice systems – of course, we shall be looking at the matter from a judicial standpoint, but even that is not an easy task.  Also in the last year, we have received more requests for co-operation than ever before.  The nature of the problems identified shows what challenging times are facing Councils for the Judiciary across the EU and in candidate and potential candidate states.  

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those of you who do so much hard work for the ENCJ.  I am convinced that the ENCJ is becoming more influential in European judicial affairs with every year that passes.  That is very much down to your efforts and to those of our assiduous Executive Board Members and the staff in the ENCJ office.Let’s hope that 2016 will be a hugely successful year for the ENCJ and all its member Councils and Observers.

With my personal best wishes,ljvos

Geoffrey Vos
President of the ENCJ

 
First ENCJ Annual Report published PDF Print E-mail

The ENCJ has published its first annual report. The report covers the period September 2014 to August 2015 and its main focus is on the developments in the judiciaries of the ENCJ Members. 

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EEEI publishes Good Practices Guide on Civil Judicial Expertise PDF Print E-mail
This guide is the result of several years’ work led by the European Expertise and Expert Institute (EEEI) with the support of the European Commission’s DG Justice.

This guide is the result of several years’ work led by the European Expertise and Expert Institute (EEEI) with the support of the European Commission’s DG Justice. It was created by a consensus conference based on the cooperation and comparative experience of a panel of 60 contributors from 12 EU countries who came together in working groups, meeting over 25 times in the past year. Their discussions and recommendations were put to the test during a public plenary conference that took place in May 2015 in Rome and was attended by 160 people from 22 countries – Judges, lawyers, experts, and academics, representatives from Supreme Courts and European institutions. 

The Guide contains best practice recommendations on Expert proceedings, on certification, on ethics and status, and on the creation of a European list of Experts. Part of these recommendations can already be applied by Experts, in particular : the declaration of independence at the beginning of each expert evaluation, the purchase of insurance, the practice of drafting a pre-report, and the writing of a structured report.

Link to EEEI website

Link to the Guide (EN)

Link to the Guide (FR)

 
ENCJ regional Timeliness seminar Bucharest PDF Print E-mail

On 9-10 November 2015 ENCJ organised a regional Timeliness seminar in Bucharest for the Central and South Eastern countries. The seminar was the 3rd in a series of 4 seminars. Participants came from the Judicial Councils and authorities of Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Romaina, Slovenia and Slovakia. The CEPEJ and the European Commission also attended and addressed the participants. The meeting was chaired by ENCJ coordinator Mr Niels Grubbe of Denmark and hosted by the Romanian CSM.

encj_timeliness_seminar_2015The aim of the seminar was to increase awareness for the issue of Timeliness, to deepen the understanding of causes and remedies, and to discuss the recommendations and the cooperation between stakeholders, and thus to further the implementation of the recommendations. It was deemed appropriate to organise the seminars with participants from countries within a region with comparable culture and legal traditions.

 

 


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05/04/2016 > CCJE and the CCPE publish report on the challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in Council of Europe member States
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Report from the CCJE and the CCPE on the main challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in Council of Europe member States The Bureaus of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE [ ... ]


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