All posts by Jean-Jacques KUSTER

23-24 February 2017, Closing Conference of the European Project: “Training Court Staff and Bailiffs in European Law”, Lisbon, Portugal

The project “Training Court Staff and Bailiffs in European Law”, co-financed by the European Commission, started in September 2015 and was implemented by a consortium (France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg).

The objectives of the project are to improve the training of court officials and judicial officers in European Union (EU) law and civil, criminal and commercial cross-border procedures, to develop techniques for resolving cross-border problems and to strengthen collaboration between the respective training institutes. Continue reading 23-24 February 2017, Closing Conference of the European Project: “Training Court Staff and Bailiffs in European Law”, Lisbon, Portugal

9-10 February 2017, meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on the Quality of Justice at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) met on 9 and 10 February in Strasbourg. Among other items, they studied the methods that courts use to communicate with the media and the public as well as court communication in times of crisis.

For this purpose, they interviewed Ms Merethe Eckhardt, Director at the Danish Court Service, and Mr François Molins, Chief Prosecutor at Paris District Court.

The Working Group will work on this issue and particularly on tools for communication between court services and the public.

A presentation by researcher Ms Sandra Taal on the sharing of knowledge within the judicial power revealed possible avenues that the Working Group could use to address this topic.

Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR.

Left to right: Yannick Meneceur, Administrator at the CEPEJ and François Molins, Chief Prosecutor at Paris District Court

Strasbourg, 6-7 December 2016, 28th CEPEJ Plenary Meeting

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice held its 28th Plenary Meeting on 6 and 7 December 2016. Mr André Potocki, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, opened the session and saluted the “eminent contribution “the CEPEJ made to the work of the Court, thus” facilitating and prolonging its action. Continue reading Strasbourg, 6-7 December 2016, 28th CEPEJ Plenary Meeting

Strasbourg, 5 December 2016, Cyber Justice Europe Conference

The first Cyber Justice Europe Conference took place on 5 December 2016 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It was organised by the French Institute for Higher Judicial Studies and the Cyberjustice Laboratory of the University of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) with the participation of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). Continue reading Strasbourg, 5 December 2016, Cyber Justice Europe Conference

Lahr (Germany), 24 November 2016: Celebrating 30 years of Alliance Between Alsatian Greffiers and German Rechtspfleger

On 24 November 2016, the Alsatian Greffiers of the professional organization UNSa-SJ and their German counterparts of the professional organization BDR met in Lahr (Germany) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their alliance. Continue reading Lahr (Germany), 24 November 2016: Celebrating 30 years of Alliance Between Alsatian Greffiers and German Rechtspfleger

Trier (Germany), 26-28 October 2016, Congress of the Bund Deutscher Rechtspfleger

Mario Blödtner et Vivien Whyte

The German colleagues from the Bund Deutscher Rechtspfleger (BDR) held their congress in Trier from 26 to 28 October. This event saw Mario Blödtner succeed Wolfgang Lämmer at the position of Federal President. The EUR wishes to thank Wolfgang Lämmer for his unwavering support and for the great work done at this position, especially in the development of the White Paper. Continue reading Trier (Germany), 26-28 October 2016, Congress of the Bund Deutscher Rechtspfleger

Brest (France), 20 October 2016, meeting with the French Senate’s Information Committee on the Recovery of Justice

On 20 October, EUR Secretary General Franck le Guern met in Brest with the Chairman of the French Senate’s Law Committee Mr Philippe Bas and with Senator Jacques Bigot of the Lower-Rhine, members of the Senate Information Committee on the Recovery of Justice.

This Committee, created on 22 July 2016, aims to “establish a definite diagnosis of the state of justice in France and drawing, from this diagnosis, the way towards the recovery of this essential institution of the rule of law”. It is particularly concerned with questions on “how to refocus the judge on his/her first mission, which is to judge” and on “how to reduce backlog in criminal courts”, two areas of utmost interest to the EUR.

Franck le Guern presented the EUR and the White Paper for a Greffier / Rechtspfleger for Europe to the Senators so that they can build on its recommendations as part of their work.