Strasbourg, 5 and 6 April 2018: meeting of the SATURN Group of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

The Steering Committee of the SATURN Centre for Judicial Time Management met in Strasbourg on 5 and 6 April 2018. Following the election of its President, Giacomo Oberto, judge at the Turin Court (Italy), his work mainly concerned the construction of a case weighting indicator for the courts. This system must in particular allow an equitable distribution of cases not only between the judges of the same court but also between the different staff and registry services (clerks/Rechtspfleger) as pointed out by the EUR.

The Group also studied the update of the analysis of judicial timeframes in the European states from the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, and will continue its discussions on the management of judicial time for in criminal cases under Articles 5 and 6 of the ECHR. The group also continued its work to put in place dashboards for the management of court proceedings.

Finally, a draft questionnaire on the updating of Recommendation R (86) 12 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was discussed at this meeting. Through this questionnaire must be identified, since the intervention of Recommendation No. R (86) 12 in a precise and exhaustive way the list of tasks and their nature of which the judge was discharged and entrusted to the personnel of the courts, to which non-judge staff have been assigned and if for the transferred tasks they are autonomous or delegated competences. The impact of these measures will also need to be addressed. This questionnaire will be sent shortly to the EUR members.

Vivien Whyte and Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR.