On 12 and 13 April the ENCJ organised a scientific conference within the framework of the ENCJ project on Independence and Accountability. The aim of the seminar was firstly to discuss the methodology used to measure the independence and accountability of justice systems, to suggest possible improvements or alternatives, and to discuss the best way to validate the outcomes of this study.
On 14 March the ENCJ organised a worshop with representatives of the European Commission, Council of Europe, CCJE, Worldbank, CCBE and the network of Supreme Court Presidents of the EU.
The aim of the workshop was to discuss the ENCJ Independence and Accountability project, the methododology developed and the outcomes in general. Each of the organsiations that attended brought their own expertise to the table.
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).
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.
On 22 June 2017 the President of the ENCJ was invited to address the LIBE meeting with the national parliaments of the Member States on the EU Mechanism on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights. In her speech she reflected on the role of the national parliaments in safeguarding the independence of the judiciary.
The ENCJ gathered from 7th to 9th June in the Cour de Cassation in Paris for its General Assembly. The central theme of resilient justice was discussed and the Paris declaration was adopted. In it the ENCJ calls upon the European Institutions and Member States to guarantee judicial independence in accordance with the Rule of Law, and, furthermore, calls upon Councils for the Judiciary and Judges at all times to be resilient in the face of the challenges which face them.