European Networks of Councils for the Judiciary (RECJ)
CCJE and the CCPE publish report on the challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in Council of Europe member States PDF Print E-mail
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) and the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) have jointly submitted to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe a report on the “Challenges for judicial independence and impartiality in the member states of the Council of Europe”. This report follows the Secretary General’s 2015 report: ”State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe – a shared responsibility for democratic security in Europe“, where the CCJE and CCPE were requested to “urgently draft a comprehensive review of the main challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in member states”. This report is published together with a document compiling the comments on this report, forwarded to the Secretariat by the member states of the Council of Europe.

On the request of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, the Bureaus of the CCJE and CCPE have jointly prepared and submitted e a report on the “Challenges for judicial independence and impartiality in the member states of the Council of Europe”. The report follows the Secretary General’s 2015 report: ”State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe – a shared responsibility for democratic security in Europe“, in which the CCJE and CCPE were requested to “urgently draft a comprehensive review of the main challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in member states”. The report is published together with a document compiling the comments on this report, forwarded to the Secretariat by the member states of the Council of Europe.

The ENCJ has been involved in the preparation of the report and ENCJ´s reports, in particular the report on Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary have been used by the CCJE and CCPE for their report.  

 
ENCJ President at MEDEL conference in Krakow PDF Print E-mail

On 8 December 2017 the President of the ENCJ, Nuria Díaz Abad, attended and spoke at the MEDEL conference in Krakow, Poland. In her address she highlighted the work of the ENCJ in relation to Judgecraft and other relevant European Standards for the Judiciary.  A video of the whole conference is availalbe here (the President speaks at minute 30 and 59).

The conference concluded with the adoption of the Krakow Declaration in which MEDEL expresses its concern about the developments in Poland and the further deterioration of the rule of law and calls upon the Senate and the Polish President to re-assess the recent legislation proposals and to observe the European values shared by the family of European States. MEDEL also reiterates its request to the competent EU institutions to take all possible steps to protect the rule of law in Poland as a member state of the European Union.

 
General Assembly elects new Board members PDF Print E-mail

On the 7th of June 2017 the ENCJ Members gathered in Paris to elect  3 new Board members. 

The Državnosudbeno vijeće / State Judicial Council of Croatia, the Portuguese Conselho Superior da Magistratura and the Judges' Council of England and Wales were elected into the Board for two years.

The French, Irish and Italian Councils for the Judiciary ended their mandate as Board member.

 
ENCJ Digital Justice Seminar, Amsterdam PDF Print E-mail

On 31st March the ENCJ organised a Digital Justice Seminar in the District Court of Amsterdam. The aim of the meeting was to identify the role and position of Councils and/or the Judiciaries in the Digital Justice Age. In many countries the judiciaries are not, or not sufficiently involved in the development of new e-justice applications. Participants will explore what the position of the judiciary is, or should be, in the whole digitisation process. The seminar also served to identify the ENCJ Strategy in this field. 

The programme was organised around discussions on 4 themes:

1. Access to Justice in a Digital Age - presentation Merit Kolvart, Ministry of Justice Estonia
2. Big Data - presentation Bart van der Sloot, Tilburg University
3. IT systems: from being supportive to running the system
4. European e-Justice Strategy digital_justice_amsterdam

Report with findings and conclusions of the seminar.

 
ENCJ Executive Board´s statement on the latest draft law on the Judicial Council of Poland PDF Print E-mail

The ENCJ Executive Board is greatly dismayed to learn that the Polish Parliamentary Justice Committee has adopted a number of far-reaching amendments to the law on the National Judicial Council of Poland (Krajowa Rada Sądownictwa – the ‘KRS’) and has done so, as before, without any meaningful consultation with the KRS. These amendments are expected to be adopted by the Parliament and the Senate within the next days. (full statement)

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