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 Continue reading Strasbourg, 14-15 March 2018: the EUR participates to the CEPEJ Working Group on the Quality of Justice
The conference bringing together international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe, held its plenary meeting on 24 and 26 January 2018. Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR
President Anna Rurka presented the report of the 2017 activities of the conference and its substantial contribution to the fields of activity of the Council of Europe in the field of human rights, democracy, the rule of law and equality between women and men. It also covered interactions with the other pillars of the Council of Europe and other international partners.
This report concluded her term as Chair. Continue reading INGO CONFERENCE OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE – STRASBOURG – 24, 26
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 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 main objective of the meeting was to define new concrete work topics. The following orientations have been selected : Continue reading 19-20 October 2017, Strasbourg, France : Meeting of the CEPEJ Working Group on the Quality of Justice
The French organization UNSa-SJ met in congress from 18 to 21 September 2017 in La-Grande-Motte, in the presence of the SecretaryGeneral of the Ministry of Justice Mr. Stéphane Verclytte and the Secretary General of UNSa Justice M Luc Farré.
The works, which took place in a very friendly atmosphere, were particularly rich. Continue reading 18 – 21 September 2017, La-Grande-Motte, France : Unsa-SJ Congress
Michel CRAMET attended the meeting of the SATURN working group of the CEPEJ on 2 and 3 March 2017.
Several issues were discussed in relation to the updating of the SATURN guidelines on the management of judicial time. The management tools developed by the CEPEJ are now implemented with the support of experts from the various working groups, including those of SATURN. They are intended to encourage the courts to analyse their time-limits on procedures to improve them and thus to respond to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the criterion of reasonable time. Continue reading 2-3 March 2017, Meeting of the CEPEJ SATURN Working Group in Strasbourg
On 7 December 2016 in Paris, EUR Treasurer Philippe Gilabert was awarded the Court Services Gold Medal of Honour by Mrs Véronique Andriollo, Secretary General of the General Prosecutor’s Office at the Paris Court of Appeal. Continue reading Paris, 7 December 2016, Treasurer Philippe Gilabert Receives Honour
On 15 November 2016, EUR President Vivien Whyte and Vice-President (France) Hervé Bonglet met with Mr Jean-Jacques Urvoas, Minister of Justice. Continue reading Paris (France), 15 November 2016: the EUR meets the French Minister 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.
The Working Group on the evaluation of judicial systems met in Strasbourg on 18 and 19 October to discuss the impact of the last report published on 6 October 2016 (see below). The group also launched the next 2016-2018-evaluation cycle by examining the questionnaire for Member States, which is used to prepare the report. The EUR made its observations on the issues relating to Greffiers / Rechtspfleger.
Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR.