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Participation of the UIHJ at the 33rd Plenary Meeting of the CEPEJ

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The UIHJ, represented by its President, Marc Schmitz, its 1st Vice-President, Mathieu Chardon, and Patrick Gielen, member of its Innovation Team, took part on 5 and 6 December 2019 in the 33rd Plenary Meeting of the Council of Europe’s European Commission for the efficiency of the justice (CEPEJ), in Strasbourg, at the seat of the Council of Europe.

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The meeting was chaired by Ramin Gurbanov, President of the CEPEJ. During the opening of the meeting, Christophe Poirel, Director of Human Rights of the Council of Europe, presented the Pro Merito medal of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to Jean-Paul Jean, former chairman of the working group on the evaluation of judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL), for the excellence of the work that carried out for many years, in particular those leading to the collection of information and the publication of the 7 reports of the CEPEJ on European judicial systems, today a world reference.

Among the many items on the agenda, in the context of recent developments in the field of justice in the Council of Europe member states, Oxana Novicov, General Secretary of the Union of Judicial Officers of Moldova, presented the progress of the profession of judicial officer in her country.

Giacomo Oberto (Italy), chair of the CEPEJ-SATURN Working Group on Judicial Time Management, presented in turn the work in progress in his group, including the case weighting in European judicial systems, the dashboard for court management or the role of the parties and the practitioners in preventing delays in court proceedings.

Jasa Vrabec (Slovenia), chair of the CEPEJ-GT-EVAL, followed by the UIHJ, presented the ongoing work, whose evaluation cycle will lead to the publication of the 8th report on European judicial systems end of 2020. Regarding the specific study on legal professions, Chrystel Schurrer, administrator at the CEPEJ, insisted on focusing on good practices. She also mentioned the participation of the UIHJ in the drafting of the next report concerning the profession of judicial officer.

Jao Arsenio de Oliveira (Portugal) gave an account of the activities of the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL working group on quality of justice which he chairs and followed by the UIHJ. Among these, he addressed the questions of a feasibility study on the possible establishment of a certification mechanism for artificial intelligence tools and services, the implementation of the European Ethical Charter on the use of artificial intelligence in the judicial systems and their environment, particularly the definition of operational standards of the Charter, or new topics to be addressed by the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL, such as the place of the user in legal proceedings, particularly in civil matters, or clear and simple communication with the litigant.

Regarding the CEPEJ-GT-MED working group on mediation, also followed by the UIHJ, its president, Rimantas Simaitis (Lithuania), indicated that the ongoing work included the toolkit for mediation, with mediation awareness programs for judges and notaries, training for lawyers to accompany clients in mediation, as well as the development of a network of contact points for mediation. Regarding the profession of judicial officer, he mentioned that the UIHJ has already confirmed its availability to create a group of experts including judicial officers to implement a training guide on mediation for the attention of judicial officers.

Among the ongoing cooperation programs, several countries have been involved: Albania, Azerbaijan, Kosovo*, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia and Egypt.

The UIHJ gave a brief report on the 2nd International Forum on enforcement, which it co-organized on 4th December 2019 in Strasbourg with the CEPEJ on the twofold theme of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the CEPEJ's Guidelines on Enforcement and the enforcement on digital assets, attended by 120 participants. Warm thanks were extended to the CEPEJ and the Council of Europe for making this event possible.

The UIHJ congratulates Muriel Decot, who was co-secretary of the CEPEJ since its creation and who is today its secretary, and looks forward to continuing its cooperation with the CEPEJ. The UIHJ also congratulates Stéphane Leyenberger, former secretary of the CEPEJ, for his work and his new position within the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe.
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