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.  

 
ENCJ elects new President and Board members PDF Print E-mail

On the 1st of June 2016 the ENCJ Members gathered in Warsaw to elect a new President and 4 new Board members. Ms. Nuria Diaz Abad, member of the Spanish Consejo General del Poder Judicial, was elected to succeed Sir Geoffrey Vos as President of the ENCJ. Her mandate will start on 3 June and last two years. 

The Raad voor de rechtspraak of the Netherlands, the Romanian Consiliul Superior al Magistraturii, Sodni Svet of Slovenia and the Scottish Judical Council were elected into the Board for two years. 

The Belgian, Polish, Bulgarian and Spanish Councils for the Judiciary ended their mandate as Board member. 

 

 
ENCJ welcomes new Members PDF Print E-mail
The ENCJ General Assembly which meets in Warsaw from 1-3 June in Warsaw welcomed two new Members on Wednesday 1st June. The Greek Supreme Judicial Council of the Civil and Penal Justice and the Greek Supreme Judicial Council of the Administrative Justice. This brings the number of ENCJ Members to 24 covering 20 EU Member States. 
 
CJEU launches app PDF Print E-mail

The Court of Justice of the European Union launched its application, CVRIA, for smartphones and tablets, which runs under both IOS and Android. The application is available in 23 EU languages which can be selected in the menu by the user. It has four sections:
Case-law: gives easy access to the latest decisions of the Courts of the CJEU (judgments, orders and Opinions);  
Press releases: shows the 10 most recent press releases published by the institution;
Judicial calendar: gives an overview of the hearings, readings of Opinions and deliveries of judgments scheduled for the next five weeks;
Search: gives easy access to all the case-law of the Court. This section allows searches to be made by case number, parties’ names and date and in full text mode.

The application is available in Google Play and the App Store:

 
Council of Europe launches action plan on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality PDF Print E-mail
Justice ministers from across Europe have given their backing to the Council of Europe’s new 2016-2021 action plan on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality. At a conference held in Sofia, justice ministers from the Council of Europe’s 47 member states and representatives of the judiciary agreed to take the necessary steps to implement the plan.
Geoffrey Vos addressed the conference on the topic of protecting the independence of individual judges and ensuring their impartiality. In his speech he presented some of the outcomes of the project on Independence and Accountability in which the ENCJ has identified the indicators and the challenges to each of independence and accountability. He stressed that the executive in all countries needs to have a clear understanding of what judicial independence and accountability entail. In return, judges, need to realise that the concept of judicial independence is not an absolute one.  They are responsible for the effective delivery of justice, and that is a great responsibility.  To achieve it, they must work with their governments to provide what is imperative in every democratic state – a fair and impartial decision making process, in which citizens from all parts of society and the state itself has absolute confidence.

Justice ministers from across Europe have given their backing to the Council of Europe’s new 2016-2021 action plan on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality. At a conference held in Sofia, justice ministers and representatives of the judiciary agreed to take the necessary steps to implement the plan.

Geoffrey Vos addressed the conference on the topic of protecting the independence of individual judges and ensuring their impartiality. In his speech he highlighted some of the outcomes of the project on Independence and Accountability in which the ENCJ has identified the indicators and the challenges to independence and accountability. He stressed that the executive in all countries needs to have a clear understanding of what judicial independence and accountability entail. In return, judges, need to realise that the concept of judicial independence is not an absolute one.  They are responsible for the effective delivery of justice, and that is a great responsibility.  To achieve it, they must work with their governments to provide what is imperative in every democratic state – a fair and impartial decision making process, in which citizens from all parts of society and the state itself has absolute confidence.

 


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