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.
Upon the request of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of Bosina and Herzegovina the ENCJ rendered an advice on proposed legislation that aims to alter the way that prosecutors are appointed. The President of the ENCJ appointed Justice Geoffrey Vos (on behalf of the Judges'Council of England and Wales) and Judge Gianluca Forlani (on behalf of the CSM Italy) to prepare the report. The report was approved by the Steering Committee and presented to the President of the HJPC Milorad Novkovic.
Our former President, Sir John Thomas ( ENCJ President from 2008-2010) will be appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales on 1 October 2013. As Lord Chief Justice he will chair the Judges' Council of England and Wales which is one of the founding members of the ENCJ.
The Norwegian Courts Administration won an international award for their case-management system – LOVISA – for best adaptive case management system. The system excels in process support.
The ENCJ General Assembly meets from 5-7 June. The meeting is hosted by the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria. The central theme of the meeting is: "Independence and Accountability of the Justice System". The ENCJ is taking stock of the current developments in the justice systems in Europe as regards the accountability of the members of the judiciary, the independence and accountability of Councils for the Judiciary and the role of Councils for the Judiciary in dealing with the challnges in this field. The European Commission will address the General Assembly on the the same theme.