The CEPEJ Working Group on Mediation was set up in 2006 to promote and support the implementation of the recommendations issued by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers relating to mediation. Its work has allowed the Council of Europe to publish in 2007 several Guidelines for a better implementation of existing recommendations.
The CEPEJ Statute emphasizes the comparison of judicial systems and the exchange of knowledge on their functioning. The scope of this comparison goes beyond efficiency stricto sensu because it is specifically interested in the quality and efficiency of justice.
Judicial mediation is one of the specific competences that can be entrusted to the Rechtspfleger / Greffier for Europe (RGpE) according to the principles laid down in the White Paper published by our Union in September 2016. The RGpE has all the guarantees of training and independence to take charge of these cases and thereby relieve the judge of a significant part of his activity. In some states whose professional organizations have joined the EUR, the non-judge staff are conducting mediations (Spain, Hungary).
Successful mediation contributes to the decongestion of the courts. The subject is therefore also of interest to the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ), which last year reactivated its working group on the subject. The EUR hopes that the mandate of this group, initially for one year, will be renewed for one or two additional years. Continue reading 16 November, Strasbourg, France : Meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on Mediation→
The EUR was invited by the CEPEJ to present the White Paper for a Rechtspfleger / Greffier for Europe to the 10 Albanian courts participating in the SEJ 2 project. This project, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, aims to improve the efficiency and quality of justice in Albania. It follows a first project that resulted in recommendations that were used by the Albanian authorities in the development of a new legislative framework for the functioning of justice. The seminar of 14 November followed this series of reforms and aimed at studying the respective tasks, current and future, of the different professions. Also participating in this project as experts of the CEPEJ are Mr. Marco Fabri, an Italian researcher and Mr. Jon Jonsen, Law Professor from Norway. Continue reading 14 November, Tirana, Albania : EUR Participation to the SEJ 2 Project→
The Working Group on the Quality of Justice of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) met on 19 and 20 October 2017 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Jean-Jacques KUSTER represented the E.U.R.
The international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) with participatory status with the Council of Europe held their summer session from 26 to 30 June 2017. This session was marked both by the elections of the chairmen and vice-chairmen of the transversal commissions “education and culture”, “democracy, social cohesion and global challenges” and “human rights” only by the 40th anniversary of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe celebrated at a reception given by the Mayor of the city and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg (see the President’s word: https://rm.coe.int/16806ecbd3).
Jean-Jacques Kuster participated for the EUR in the Conference.
The worrisome situation of NGOs in some countries was mentioned in particular in Hungary and Turkey.
The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, closed the proceedings by highlighting the major role of INGOs and their recognized place in the Council of Europe. Representing civil society, their role is to protect the health and liveliness of our democracies, more than ever threatened by extremism and fanaticism. They are the voice of citizens in Council of Europe bodies to strengthen their action and continue to promote human and social rights, as well as the protection of vulnerable people.
On 23 and 24 May 2017, after its interruption, the CEPEJ Working Group on Mediation (CEPEJ-GT-MED) met for the first time in its new mandate under the chairmanship of Mr Rimantas Simantis, a Lithuanian attorney-at-law.
The CEPEJ Working Group on the Evaluation of European judicial systems held a meeting from 3 to 5 May 2017 to finalize the data collection process necessary for the preparation of the next bi-annual report.