Ministers' Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/913/10.2 28 January 2005 1
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913 Meeting, 2 February 2005
10 Legal questions


10.2 Meeting of the Working Party of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE-GT) in Katowice (Poland), 27-29 April 2005

Request for authorisation

Reference documents

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Action

Exceptionally, authorise the Working Party of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE-GT) to meet in Katowice (Poland) on 27–29 April 2005, and take part in an exchange of views at the court in Katowice on relations between the judicial authorities and society.

1. On 14 January 2005, Ambassador Krzysztof KOCEL sent the Secretariat a letter from the President of the Polish National Council of the Judiciary, inviting the members of the Working Party of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE-GT) to hold their next meeting (27-29 April 2005) in Katowice, immediately after the second European Conference of Judges, which will be discussing “Justice and the media” in Cracow on 25-26 April 2005, as part of the programme of the Polish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (see the Appendix to the present Notes on the Agenda).

2. Specifically, the Polish National Council of the Judiciary proposes organising a joint working session alongside the CCJE-GT's meeting, at which it would describe problems arising with relations between the judicial authorities and society, and ask the CCJE-GT to comment on them. The conclusions of this meeting would be widely circulated to Polish judges.

3. This proposal to involve the CCJE directly in national discussion of ways of improving the role of the courts in society is fully in line with the CCJE's terms of reference, which instruct it to provide “practical assistance to enable States to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning judges”. The theme proposed by the National Council also accords with the topic which the CCJE is considering in 2005.

4. In accordance with its specific terms of reference and as part of its contribution to implementation of the Framework Global Action Plan for Judges in Europe, the CCJE will be preparing an opinion on “Justice and society” in 2005. An important aspect of this theme, i.e. relations between justice and the media, is the subject of the Cracow Conference, which will be funded by the co-operation programme to strengthen the rule of law.

5. Apart from the interest expressed by the Polish authorities, the holding of the CCJE-GT's meeting in Katowice would have two advantages:

- the conclusions reached at the Conference and at the meeting with Polish judges would contribute usefully to the CCJE-GT's work on the draft opinion which the CCJE is required to produce in 2005,

- the holding of the CCJE-GT's meeting immediately after the Conference would save the extra travel costs involved in holding the meeting in Strasbourg at some other time.

6. The National Council of the Judiciary proposes to meet some of the expenses generated by the meeting in Katowice.

7. The additional cost to the Council of Europe, as compared with a three-day meeting in Strasbourg, of interpretation away from Strasbourg and the Secretariat's presence will be partly offset by savings made on the travel expenses of the CCJE-GT experts, who will already be in Poland for the Conference. In fact, their travel expenses for the latter will also cover their attendance both at the Conference and at the meeting. Any additional costs might be met from DGI's ordinary budget.

8. Under Article 36 of Resolution (76)3, authorisation from the Committee of Ministers is required.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISION

913th meeting – 2 February 2005

Item 10.2

Meeting of the Working Party of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE-GT)
in Katowice (Poland), 27-29 April 2005 –
Request for authorisation

Decision

Exceptionally, the Deputies authorise the Working Party of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE-GT) to meet in Katowice on 27-29 April 2005 and to take part in the exchange of views which is to be held at the court in Katowice on relations between the judicial authorities and society.

Appendix

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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