Ministers' Deputies
    Notes on the Agenda

    CM/Notes/870/10.1 23 January 2004

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    870 Meeting, 4 February 2004
    10 Legal questions


    10.1 European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) -

    Abridged report of the 2nd plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 3-5 December 2003)

    Reference documents
    CM(2003)169 and Addenda 1 and 2

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    Action

    To examine the report of the second plenary meeting of the European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) and to take a number of decisions.

    1. The European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ), held its 2nd plenary meeting at the Headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 3-5 December 2003, with Mr E. DESCH (Germany), President of the CEPEJ, in the Chair. The meeting was opened by Mr R. LAMPONI, Director of Legal
    Co-operation of the Council of Europe. The abridged report of this meeting is contained in document CM(2003)169.

    2. The CEPEJ invited the Committee of Ministers:

    - to approve the Pilot-Scheme for the evaluation of judicial systems (see addendum I to CM(2003)169);

    - to approve the organisational Charter of the European Day of Civil Justice (EDCJ) (see Addendum II to CM(2003)169);

    - to adopt an amendment to Resolution Res(2002)12 establishing the CEPEJ, in order to include in its Appendix 2 the recently adopted Recommendations Rec (2003)17 on enforcement, Rec (2003)14 on interoperability of information systems in the justice sector and Rec (2003)16 on execution of administrative and judicial decisions in the field of administrative law;

    3. Moreover, during this 2nd plenary meeting, the CEPEJ:

    - established its 2004 Programme of activity (see document CEPEJ (2003) 29 Rev) and in particular decided to pursue its work on the evaluation of judicial systems and on reducing delays in judicial proceedings, as well as on e-justice issues;

    - decided to provide a concrete follow-up to its bilateral activities on territorial jurisdiction and mediation because of the contribution these issues can make to the proper functioning of justice and the practical impact they may have in law reforms in all Member States;

    - decided, in conformity with Resolution (76)3 and the two subsequent messages adopted by the Ministers' Deputies at their 347th and 420th meetings in May 1982 and October 1988 respectively, to admit the World Bank as an observer and to admit the European Union of Rechtpfleger (EUR), the International Union of Judicial Officers, the European Association of Judges and the Council of the Bar and law Societies of the European Communities (CCBE) as observers for a period of 1 year renewable and by means of hearings, of a limited duration, at the beginning of each CEPEJ Plenary meeting;

    - decided, following the decisions of the Ministers' Deputies of 4 December 2003 at their 864th meeting (item 10.2), to instruct the Secretariat, in consultation with the Bureau in order particularly to define his/her terms of reference, to appoint a consultant to prepare an assessment report on the effectiveness of national judicial systems in their responses to terrorism, in consultation with the CODEXTER;

    - held an exchange of views on the on-going co-operation with the European Commission in the field of justice.

    Financing assured: YES

    DRAFT DECISIONS

    870th meeting – 4 February 2003

    Item 10.1

    European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) –
    Abridged report of the 2nd plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 3-5 December 2003)
    (CM(2003)169 and Addenda 1 and 2)

    Decisions

    The Deputies

    1. approved the Pilot-Scheme for the evaluation of judicial systems (CM(2003)169, Addendum I);

    2. approved the Organisational Charter of the European Day of Civil Justice (EDCJ) (CM(2003)169, Addendum II);

    3. adopted an amendment to Resolution Res(2002)12 establishing the CEPEJ, in order to include in its Appendix 2 the recently adopted Recommendations Rec(2003)17 on enforcement, Rec(2003)14 on interoperability of information systems in the justice sector and Rec (2003)16 on execution of administrative and judicial decisions in the field of administrative law;

    4. took note of the abridged report of the CEPEJ as a whole (CM(2003)169).



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