(THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOR THE EFFICIENCY OF JUSTICE)  

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) was established on 18 September 2002 with Resolution Res(2002)12 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency and functioning of justice in the member States, and the development of the implementation of the instruments adopted by the Council of Europe to this end.

In order to carry out these different tasks, the CEPEJ prepares benchmarks, collects and analyses data, defines instruments of measure and means of evaluation, adopts documents (reports, advices, guidelines, action plans, etc), develops contacts with qualified personalities, non-governmental organisations, research institutes and information centres, organises hearings, promotes networks of legal professionals. In the Action Plan adopted at their 3rd Summit (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), the Heads of State and Governments decided to develop the evaluation and assistance functions of the CEPEJ in order to help member states to deliver justice fairly and rapidly. They also invited the Council of Europe to strengthen cooperation with the European Union in the legal field, including cooperation with the CEPEJ.

The CEPEJ develops concrete measures and tools aimed at policy makers and judicial practitioners in order to:

analyse the functioning of judicial systems and orientate public policies of justice:
The CEPEJ has set up a continuous evaluation process of the functioning of judicial systems in all the European states, on a comparative basis. This unique process in Europe enables, through the collection of quantitative and qualitative data, to have a detailed photography of the functioning of justice and to measure its evolution. This tool for in-depth analysis enables to orientate public policies of justice.

have a better knowledge of judicial timeframes and optimize judicial timemanagement :
CEPEJ has been developing practical tools aimed at professionals for a better knowledge and improvement of the situation of judicial timeframes and time management in courts in the European states, as well as concrete tools aimed at professionals (Compendium of best practices, Judicial time management Checklist).Its SATURN Centre for the study and analysis of judicial time aims to become a European observatory of timeframes of proceedings.

promote the quality of the public service of justice :
Beyond the effi ciency of judicial systems, the CEPEJ aims to identify the elements which constitute the quality of the service provided to users in order to improve it and aims to develop innovative measures (Checklist for promoting the
quality of justice and the courts, Handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys aimed at court users).

facilitate the implementation of European standards :
The CEPEJ analyses the impact in the member states of the existing European standards in the justice fi eld (access to justice, execution of court decisions, e-justice, mediation, etc.) so as to propose measures which contribute to improving their implementation.

support member states in their reforms of court organisation :
the CEPEJ is entrusted with giving targeted cooperation to the states which request it in the framework of their institutional and legislative reforms and for organising their justice system.

ACTIVITIES OF OUR GENERAL DIRECTORATE ABOUT CEPEJ
Our general directorate regularly participates General Board Meetings which are held 2 two times in a year in Strasburg and contact person meeting which is held once in a year.

  • When members states’ justice system is reviewed by CEPEJ secretariat, questions which were asked with a view to evaluating judicial system in a new project between 2006-2008 have been answered in the concept of conventions signed with various institutions and these answers were presented to CEPEJ secretariat.  The book called ‘European Judicial Systems’ was pressed by European Council as CEPEJ Activity no:11 and distributed to countries.
  • In order to introduce activities of CEPEJ, there is a web page on our General Directorate’s official web site. In this web page, there are reports and their translations and introduction of activities done for that purpose.
  • International Law Bulletin-  Article written for introducing CEPEJ in 2008 October issue, International Law Bulletin- summary of the report of 2009 January issue CEPEJ European Justice System- 2008 press.
  • In 14th General Board Meeting of CEPEJ, CEPEJ secretariat planned to organize a visit to Turkey in 2010.
  • The questions in the Project which was carried out with a view to evaluating Judicial system between 2008-2010 were responded with collaboration of some relevant institutions and answers were submitted to CEPEJ secretariat.
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