Report on the state of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe PDF Print E-mail
The Council of Europe published its first report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. Part 2 of the report particularly deals with Justice and the Rule of Law, and identifies the following main challenges:
  • Executive interference in the functioning of the judiciary; 
  • Corruption within the judiciary;
  • Lack of public trust in the judiciary;
  • Excessive length of proceedings and
  • Chronic non-enforcement of judicial decisions

The main recommendations in this field include the introduction of effective measures to shorten the length of judicial proceedings and enforcing of court decisions, the strengthening of transparency within the judicial system and respect for judicial independence, the improvement of the quality of the training of judges and gender balance in the senior judiciary

Link to the report (English)

Link to the report (French)

 
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.

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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.

 


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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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