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.
European Commission sets out the future of EU Justice policy and framework for safeguarding Rule of Law
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.
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.
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.