3 – 4 April 2019, Council of Europe, Strasbourg: Meeting of the SATURN Group of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

The Steering Group of the SATURN Center for Judicial Time Management met in Strasbourg on 3 and 4 April 2019.

Several issues were discussed at this meeting with a view to preparing documents for submission to the plenary assembly:

  • the implementation guide for European judicial deadlines,
  • the weighting of cases in European courts,
  • developing guidelines for a dashboard template for court management,
  • the management of judicial time rules for criminal cases in Articles 5 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights,
  • the role of parties and practitioners to prevent delays in court proceedings.

Discussions among working group members, experts and observers provided further clarification on the documents to be drafted and will be presented at the next meeting of the working group in October 2019.

Finally, with regard to the update of Recommendation R (86) 12 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the secretariat clarified that the opinion adopted at the plenary meeting of December 2018 was transmitted to the European Council of Europe Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), following the summary sent by the EUR on the transfer of tasks from judges to other professions. The Bureau of the CDCJ at its meeting in March 2019 did not include this update in its priority tasks in view of the budgetary restrictions in force in the Council of Europe (see the article on this subject below).

Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR.