Application for CoE Crystal Scales of Justice Prize now open PDF Print E-mail
The 8th edition of the Council of Europe Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” for innovative practices contributing to the quality of justice is being organized. The aim of the prize is to identify and promote innovative practices regarding the conduct of proceedings, court organisation and the functioning of court systems in general. To be eligible for consideration, the practices nominated must have been implemented recently and they should be easily usable by other States or jurisdictions. Their efficiency must be measurable. For more information click here.
 
2015 EU Justice Scoreboard published PDF Print E-mail

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On 9 March 2015 the European Commission published the 2015 EU Justice Scoreboard. The Scoreboard contains indicators in the following fields: Efficieny of Justice Systems; Quality of Justice Systems and on the Independence of the Judiciary. It contains an updated section on the legal safeguards presented last year and provides a comparative overview on structural independence which were realised through close cooperation with the ENCJ. In the EU Justice Scoreboard reference is being made to the Guide to the ENCJ.  

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Italian CSM starts mandate PDF Print E-mail

In September 2014 the new members of the Consiglio Superiode della Magistratura started their four-year mandate. Under Italy'sConstitution the CSM is the self-government body of the judiciary; it is competent for recruitment, allocation, transfer, promotion, and disciplinarymeasures in respect of magistrates. 

csm_italy_2014_2018The CSM has 24 Members including 3 ex officio members; the President of the Republic, chairman of the CSM, the President and Prosecutor General of the Court of Cassation, 16 career members elected by their peers (2 magistrates from the Court of Cassation deciding on legitimacy issues; 14 magistrates discharging prosecution/judicial functions on the merits) and 8 lay members (elected by the two Houses of Parliament in joint sitting by secret ballot from  a shortlist of university professors in law and lawyers with at least fifteen years of professional seniority). 

The members hold office for four years and may not be re-elected for a consecutive term. The Council elects, from among the lay members, a deputy-Chair, who will chair the Council plenary sessions whenever the President of the Republic is absent, or else upon the President's delegation, as well as chairing the Presidency Board. Mr. Giovanni Legnini was the elected as Vice-President on its first meeting held on 25 September 2014.

 
Judicial Council of Slovakia elects new President PDF Print E-mail
Based on amendment of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic effective since 1 September 2014, the office of the President of the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic was separated from the office
of the President of the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic.
In this regard, the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic elected from among its members - the Supreme Court judge, Ms Jana Bajánková - as the new President of the Judicial Council  on its 18th meeting  held on 16 September 2014.
At the same time, in September 2014, new members were appointed to the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic. Mr. Ján Havlát was appointed by the Government of the Slovak Republic and  Mr. Ján Slovinský was elected by the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

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Based on the amendment of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic effective since 1 September 2014, the President of the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic is no longer ex-officio President of the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic. Therefore, the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic elected from among its members the Supreme Court judge, Ms Jana Bajánková, as the new President of the Judicial Council  on its 18th meeting  held on 16 September 2014. At the same time, in September 2014, new members were appointed to the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic. Mr. Ján Havlát was appointed by the Government of the Slovak Republic and  Judge Ján Slovinský was elected by the National Council (Parliament) of the Slovak Republic. 

 
ENCJ General Assembly adopts new reports PDF Print E-mail

Besides the ENCJ Rome Declaration the General Assembly adopted the reports on:

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The Guide to the ENCJ was also published.

Lastly the General Assembly decided on next years work plan which wil focus on the continuation of the Independence and Accountability project and the development of minumun standards (Standards V) on disciplinairy procedures relating to judges. 

A second regional Timeliness seminar will also be organised. Other activities that the ENCJ will undertake include the further cooperation with the European Judicial Training Network and other relevant judicial networks and work with the European Commission on the 2015 EU Justice Scoreboard.

 


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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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