By Jean-Raymond Lemaire, Président EEEI

(With extracts of website CEPEJ)

The aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency and functioning of justice in the member States, and the development of the implementation of the instruments adopted by the Council of Europe to this end.

Its tasks are : to analyze the results of the judicial systems to identify the difficulties they meet to define concrete ways to improve, on the one hand, the evaluation of their results, and, on the other hand, the functioning of these systems to provide assistance to member States, at their request to propose to the competent instances of the Council of Europe the fields where it would be desirable to elaborate a new legal instrument.

In order to carry out these different tasks, the CEPEJ prepares benchmarks, collects and analyses data, defines instruments of measure and means of evaluation, adopts documents (reports, advices, guidelines, action plans, etc.), develops contacts with qualified personalities, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and information centers, organizes hearings, promotes networks of legal professionals.

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How and when was it established ?

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) was established on 18 September 2002 with Resolution Res(2002)12 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The creation of the CEPEJ demonstrates the will of the Council of Europe to promote the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights in Europe, on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights, and especially its Articles 5 (Right to liberty and security), 6 (Right to a fair trial), 13 (Right to an effective remedy), 14 (Prohibition of discrimination). 
The Council of Europe has initiated a reflexion on efficiency of justice and adopted Recommendations which contain ways to ensure both its fairness and efficiency.

Who are the members of the CEPEJ ? and observers ?

The CEPEJ is composed of experts from all the 47 member States of the Council of Europe and is assisted by a Secretariat. Observers may be admitted to its work. The European Union also participates in its work. Please refer to our country profiles for each member state to find out the CEPEJ member who has been nominated in each state as well as information on other CEPEJ activities within each state.

In 2016, IEEE was appointed observer member of the Working Group Evaluation of European Judicial Systems.

The statute of the CEPEJ emphasizes the comparison of judicial systems and the exchange of knowledge on their functioning. The scope of this comparison is broader than ‘just’ efficiency in a narrow sense: it also emphasizes the quality and the effectiveness of justice.

In order to fulfil these tasks, the CEPEJ has undertaken a regular process for evaluating judicial systems of the Council of Europe's member states.

Its Working Group on the evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) is in charge of the management of this process.

EEEI is already member observer of working group Quality of Justice.


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