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 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 President receives medal from the Polish National Council for the Judiciary PDF Print E-mail

On the 28th of September the Polish Judiciary celebrated 100 years of Independent Judiciary. In a special ceremony Ms Nuria Díaz Abad, President of the ENCJ, was awarded a medal of the National Council of the Judicial of Poland “ Meritorious for Justice – Bene Merentibus Iustitiae” for her work on behalf of the ENCJ promoting and defending an independent and accountable judiciary for the benefit of all in Poland and elsewhere in Europe. The President of the CCJE, Mr Nils Engstad, was awarded the same medal. 

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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 Executive Board´s opinion on the Presidential draft Act of Poland PDF Print E-mail
The ENCJ has received a request for cooperation from the National Judicial Council of Poland (Krajowa Rada Sądownictwa - KRS). The KRS has turned to the Executive Board of ENCJ to be advised on the compatibility of the Presidential draft Act on the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland with European standards including, in particular, the independence of the judiciary and the status of councils for the judiciary.
The ENCJ, in principle, does not give opinions on draft legislation, but it will set out the generally applicable ENCJ principles. Taking  this into account the Executive Board (the ‘Board’) puts forward the following observations and comments.

On 3rd October 2017 the ENCJ has received a request for cooperation from the National Judicial Council of Poland (Krajowa Rada Sądownictwa - KRS). The KRS has turned to the Executive Board of ENCJ to be advised on the compatibility of the Presidential draft Act on the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland with European standards including, in particular, the independence of the judiciary and the status of councils for the judiciary.The ENCJ, in principle, does not give opinions on draft legislation, but it has set out the generally applicable ENCJ principles in the Executive Board opinion of 13 October 2017. The Board in its final remarks states that it feels that the Presidential draft Act does not alleviate the concerns which it has previously expressed concerning planned judicial reforms in Poland. 

Presidential draft Act on the law of the National Judicial Council of Poland

Opinion of the ENCJ Executive Board of 13 October 2017

Opinion of the ENCJ Executive Board of 30 January 2017

 
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