European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) supports the Ministry of Justice for the improvement of quality and efficiency of the justice system
The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) will support the Ministry of Justice to find new methods and practices in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the justice system and strengthen the trust of the public in courts.
The conference on “Improvement of efficiency and functioning of justice in member states – Albania as a concrete case” was held today at the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), EURALIUS Mission, Council of Europe Office in Tirana, in which senior officials of these institutions agreed for the implementation of projects assisting the national justice system.
The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice will support Albania through a pilot project it will conduct at Tirana District Court. The project aims at the development of some instruments and measures intended to improve the time management at courts, according to optimal criteria and methods, offering means for the solution of the issue of judicial proceeding time limits.
On this occasion the Minister Halimi declared: “Introduction and use of Information Technology in the justice system, particularly in the administration of work at courts, as well as the computerization of justice system data, in order to provide a service closer to the citizen, requires not only the establishment of new practices but also the selection of the suitable means or the adoption of new instruments. In this regard, it is satisfied that only CEPEJ may offer precious expertise which may serve as an example to be followed for the accomplishment of our mission to optimally render and guarantee justice in accordance with the EU standards and recommendations in the field of justice and court administration”.
Digitalization of the judicial system for the purpose of the enhancement of this system’s performance; increase of accountability of the justice system stakeholders; making each chain of the process transparent, starting from the lot drawing procedure until the enforcement of decisions are some of the priorities of the Ministry of Justice.
A high delegation of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice, led by Mr. Stéphane LEYENBERGER, Head of the Justice Division and CEPEJ Secretary has visited Albania for the first time.
The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) was set up in 2002, upon the initiative of the Committee of Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe as a new institution for the improvement of quality and efficiency of the justice system in each member country and strengthening of the trust of court users in these systems.
It helps member states to render justice fairly and rapidly; it drafts concrete measures and recommendations related to the policy drafters and judicial practitioners; it analyzes the functioning of the judicial systems and guides public policies of justice.
Its mission is : • to propose pragmatic solutions in respect of the judicial organization, taking into consideration the court users; • to ensure a better implementation of the Council of Europe Standards in the field of justice;• to contribute to the facilitation of the caseload at the European Court of Human Rights, providing the states with effective solutions to prevent violations of the right to fair trial within a reasonable time limit (Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights).
The promotion of quality of the public service of justice; implementation of the European standards (access to justice, enforcement of court decisions, mediation etc) as support of the member states to their reforms in the organization of Courts, are issues in terms of which the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) will support Albania.
Opening speech of the Minister of Justice