2014 EU Justice Scoreboard PDF Print E-mail

On Monday 17 March the European Commission published the 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard. It brings together data concerning the efficiency, quality and independence of the Justice systems of the EU Member States. The ENCJ, through its members, has worked with the Commission on the 2014 EU Justice Scorebard by collecting information on the legal protection of judicial independence in Member States. Link to DG Justice website

European Commission sets out the future of EU Justice policy and framework for safeguarding Rule of Law PDF Print E-mail

The European Commission published two communications on 11 March 2014. The first communication sets out the vision of the Commission for the future EU Justice policy which aims at further progressing towards a fully functioning common European area of justice based on trust, mobility and growth by 2020.

COM (2014) 144: EU Justice Agenda for 2020 - Strengthening Trust, Mobility and Growth within the Union

 The Commission also adopted a new framework which establishes an early warning tool allowing the Commission to enter into a dialogue with a Member State to prevent the escalation of systemic threats to the rule of law in any of the EU Member States. According to the communication the Commission may decide to seek advice and assistance from members of the judicial networks in the EU, such as the networks of the Presidents of Supreme Courts of the EU, the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the EU or the Judicial Councils. The Commission will examine, together with these networks, how such assistance could be provided swiftly where appropriate, and whether particular arrangements are necessary to that end.

COM (2014) 158: a new EU framework to strengthen the Rule of Law  
annexes to the communication

Teresa Flemming-Kulesza appointed President of the Supreme Court of Poland PDF Print E-mail

Judge Teresa Flemming-Kulesza, member of the ENCJ Executive Board between 2008-2010 and former member of the National Council of the Judiciary (2002 -2010) was appointed to the position of President of the Supreme Court on 21 January 2014. She will be heading the Labour Law, Social Security and Public Affairs Chambe of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has a total of four Chambres and therefore four Presidents.


Eurobarometer on Justice and report on Judicial Training published PDF Print E-mail

The European Commission recently published two reports in the field of Justice.

The Eurobarometer on Justice in Europe is a survey that seeks to understand citizens’ perceptions of justice within their own countries and the EU as a whole. The survey focuses on the functioning of courts in civil, commercial, administrative and in criminal cases.

The European Judicial Training report takes stock of the number of legal practitioners that participated in training activities on EU Law in 2012. The European Commission will continue to monitor progress in the area of judicial training in view to the 2020 goal of ensuring that half of all legal practitioners in the EU (around 700,000) are trained in EU law or the national law of another Member State.

ENCJ represented at Assises de la Justice in Brussels PDF Print E-mail

Paul Gilligan addressing the Assises de la Justice

On 21-22 November the European Commission organised the Assises de la Justice in Brussels. The aim of the conference was to discuss with representatives of the Member States, EU officials and practitioners the future of the EU Justice Policies. The President of the ENCJ, Paul Gilligan, took part in a panel that discussed effective justice systems and the Justice Scoreboard. His address focused on the work ENCJ has done in the field of Judicial Reform and the importance for the judiciary and judicial councils to be fully involved in the design and implemantation of reform. He also reiterated that an independent and efficient judiciary is of great economic value as it provides for a sound investment climate, necessary for the recovery of an economy.

There was a good representation from the ENCJ members as well. Frits Bakker, Netherlands Council for the Judiciary, and Geoffrey Vos, Judges'Council of England and Wales, both were given the floor in the sessions that dealt with the Independence and the future Rule of Law mechanism.   


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18/07/2012 > Judicial Reform in the EU
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  At the General Assembly in Dublin 2012, the Councils for the Judiciary decided to further develop the report with a second part (here Part 2).  This section, Part 2, of the report on Judicial [ ... ]

14/04/2011 > Status of Judges
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In 2009/2010 an ENCJ working group studied the topic of Status of Judges. The report (EN/FR) touches upon issues relating to recruitment, evaluation, liability and immunity of judges.

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