Brainstorm session with European Commissioner Jourova PDF Print E-mail

On 19th September 2016 the ENCJ participated in an informal brainstorm session which was organised and hosted by the European Commission. The session aimed to discuss the Quality and Independence of the Justice Systems. Besides the European Commissioner Ms Vera Jourova and the staff of DG Justice, the participants were representatives of the three main Judicial networks: ENCJ, ACA- Europe (Councils of State) and the NPSJCEU (Presidents of the Supreme Courts).

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The ENCJ was represented by the President Ms Nuria Diaz Abad, the former President Lord Justice Geoffrey Vos, Mr Damir Kontrec (State Judicial Council of Croatia) and Monique van der Goes. 

The discussion focussed on the need to increase public confidence in a changing society. There was a particular focus on the EU Justice Scoreboard and the need to develop indicators for the Quality of Justice and to evaluate the effectiveness of the safeguards for the Independence of the Judiciary. 

 
Extraordinary Congress of Polish Judges PDF Print E-mail

On Saturday 3rd September 2016 over 1000 Polish judges gathered in Warsaw to discuss the ongoing tension between Poland's government and Constitutional Tribunal. In addition the congress discussed a new prosecution act and the influence of planned judicial reforms on the independence of courts and judges. The congress adopted three resolutions in which the judges a.o.

  • call on the representatives of the executive power and the legislative power to engage in a real dialogue with the judiciary;nda_warsaw_2016
  • call on the government to respect the judgments of the Constitutional Tribunal and to publish them; 
  • express their concern about the proposals to amend the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland and
  • express their solidarity with Turkish judges unlawfully dismissed from service in connection with recent developments in Turkey.

Nuria Díaz Abad, the President of the ENCJ, addressed the congress (video) and set out the various ENCJ standards in the relevant fields. 

 

 
ENCJ´s statement on developments in Turkey PDF Print E-mail
The ENCJ condemns the attempted coup in Turkey and regrets the loss of lives and many casualties. Those behind the coup should be held responsible through a fair and impartial trial in accordance with international standards.
The ENCJ is gravely concerned by the reports that over 2700 judges and prosecutors were suspended and/or dismissed by the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors only hours after the terrible events happened. A number of judges that were member of the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors appear to be among those suspended from office. Further reports seem to indicate that a vast number of judges and prosecutors were subsequently detained.
Current events give reason to believe that a further purge of the judiciary is taking place under the pretext of the failed coup attempt.  The ENCJ reiterates its call to the Turkish Authorities to respect fully the main principles that guarantee the independence of judges and the principles of due process for all those affected.

The ENCJ will follow the developments in Turkey and stay in close contact with the relevant European and international authorities.

The ENCJ condemns the attempted coup in Turkey and regrets the loss of lives and many casualties. Those behind the coup should be held responsible through a fair and impartial trial in accordance with international standards.

The ENCJ condemns the attempted coup in Turkey and regrets the loss of lives and many casualties. Those behind the coup should be held responsible through a fair and impartial trial in accordance with international standards.

The ENCJ is gravely concerned by the reports that over 2700 judges and prosecutors were suspended and/or dismissed by the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors only hours after the terrible events happened. A number of judges that were member of the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors appear to be among those suspended from office. Further reports seem to indicate that a vast number of judges and prosecutors were subsequently detained.

Current events give reason to believe that a further purge of the judiciary is taking place under the pretext of the failed coup attempt.  The ENCJ reiterates its call to the Turkish Authorities to respect fully the main principles that guarantee the independence of judges and the principles of due process for all those affected.

The ENCJ will follow the developments in Turkey and stay in close contact with the relevant European and international authorities.

 
2015/2016 ENCJ reports presented and adopted PDF Print E-mail

At the ENCJ General Assembly in Warsaw on 1st to 3rd June 2016 the ENCJ adopted the following reports:

 
ENCJ adopts Warsaw declaration PDF Print E-mail

At its General Assemby which took place from 1st to 3rd June in Warsaw the ENCJ adopted the Warsaw declaration on the Future of Justice in Europe. 

In the declaration the ENCJ amongst others recognises that the administration of Europe’s justice systems in the 21st century will change radically as a result of the use of information and communication technology. It looks forward to the use of online dispute resolution and other technologies to deliver justice more effectively and quickly and at lower cost to all European citizens.  It will still be essential for the ENCJ and its members and observers to maintain and strengthen the independence and accountability of judiciary for the benefit of European citizens in order to ensure that they have effective access to justice.

In relation to the developing situation in Poland, the ENCJ emphasises the importance of the executive respecting the independence of the judiciary, and only undertaking reforms to the justice system after meaningful consultation with the Council for the Judiciary and the judges themselves.

Speech by Lord Justice Vos at the Presidential Palace.  

 


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