Strasbourg, 14-15 March 2018: the EUR participates to the CEPEJ Working Group on the Quality of Justice

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on the Quality of Justice held its 23rd meeting in Strasbourg on 14 and 15 March 2018 to discuss various issues including :

  • The stakes of artificial intelligence in justice systems,
  • The qualitative evaluation of judges activity,
  • The customer approach in electronic case management systems,
  • Court communication.

Continuing the reflection started with the Guidelines on Managing Change in Cyberjustice, the CEPEJ proposed an introductory document on the use of algorithms of artificial intelligence in court services and for a better comprehension of the predictive justice phenomenon. It gives ideas for the governance of this phenomenon while insisting on the necessity of a non-hasty approach to the integration of tools in public policies such as the use of predictive software by judges, which hardly exist in Europe. Such governance requires a public debate with all actors, developing an ethical framework, measuring the risks inherent to these systems and respecting the principles and individual rights recognized under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR.