Visit to the Fundamental Rights Agency PDF Print E-mail

On 17th March the President of the ENCJ, Nuria Díaz Abad and the director of the ENCJ Office Monique van der Goes, had a meeting with the Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union Michael O´Flaherty and Jonas Grimheden of the Freedom and Justice Department.  

The aim of the meeting was to search for synergies between the work of the two organsiations and to discuss possible co-operation. Areas for cooperation identified during the meeting were; theRule of Law, raising public awareness for fundamental rights including access to justice and enhancing the participation of the judiciary in the bi-annual Fundamental Rights Forum organised by the FRA.  fra

 
Meeting with European Commission First Vice-President Timmermans on the Rule of Law in Poland PDF Print E-mail
On the 9th of March the Presidents of the ENCJ, the Network of Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the EU, and the Association of Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions (ACA-Europe)were invited for a meeting with the vice-President of the European Commission Mr Frans Timmermans.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the situation in Poland with regard to the Rule of Law. The networks expressed their solidarity with the Polish judicial authorities and offered their support to the European Commission in its efforts to uphold the Rule of Law  and promote fair and impartial courts for the benefit of all.
On the 9th of March the Presidents of the ENCJ, the Network of Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the EU and the Association of Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions (ACA-Europe) were invited for a meeting with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Mr Frans Timmermans.  The aim of the meeting was to discuss the situation in Poland with regard to the Rule of Law. The networks expressed their solidarity with the Polish judicial authorities and offered their support to the European Commission in its efforts to uphold the Rule of Law  and promote fair and impartial courts for the benefit of all.
 
ENCJ Executive Board´s opinion on the drafts law of Poland PDF Print E-mail

On 30th January 2017 the ENCJ Executive Board adopted an opinion upon the request of the Polish Krajowa Rada Sadownictwa. The opinion deals with the draft laws that the Minister of Justice of Poland sent to the KRS for their views and sets out European and ENCJ Standards in the justice field. In particular the opnion deals with the preliminary termination of the mandate of Judicial Council members and the composition and election process of members of Judicial Councils or judicial appointmens bodies. 

To read the opinion click here.

The reaction of KRS to the proposals is available here.

 
ENCJ votes to suspend the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors PDF Print E-mail

The ENCJ unites the national institutions in the Member States of the European Union which are independent of the executive and legislature, and which are responsible for the support of the Judiciaries in the independent delivery of justice.  It aims to improve cooperation between, and good mutual understanding amongst, the Councils for the Judiciary and the members of the Judiciary of the European Union (or candidate) Member States.

It is a condition of membership, and for the status of observer, that institutions are independent of the executive and legislature and ensure the final responsibility for the support of the judiciary in the independent delivery of justice.

The ENCJ became concerned that the procedures adopted by the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors of Turkey (HSYK) indicated that this condition was no longer satisfied.

The General Assembly of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) gathered in The Hague on 8th December 2016 to discuss and decide on the position of the HSYK in the Association.

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Former ENCJ President Geoffrey Vos, appointed Chancellor of the High Court PDF Print E-mail

sir_geoffrey_vosThe Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos, ENCJ President from 2015 till June 2016, has been appointed as the Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales, with effect from 24 October 2016. 

The Chancellor of the High Court is the president of the Chancery Division of the High Court and vice-president of the Court of Protection. The Chancery Division deals with the resolution of disputes involving property in all its forms, ranging from commercial, business, intellectual property and competition disputes to its traditional work relating to companies, partnerships, mortgages, insolvency, land and trusts. The Chancellor of the High Court is also an ex officio judge of the Court of Appeal. As a member of the Privy Council, he is entitled to the prefix ‘The Right Honourable’.

The Chancellor of the High Court is also a member of the Judicial Executive Board which supports the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (currently Lord John Thomas - ENCJ President 2008-2010) in the exercise of his executive and leadership responsibilities.

Click here for more information on the Judiciary of England and Wales.

 


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