European Judicial System – Efficency and Quality of Justice


Source: The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

With this fourth biennial evaluation cycle, the CEPEJ aims to provide policy makers and justice professionals a practical and detailed tool to better understand the operation of the public service of justice in Europe in order to improve its efficiency and its quality in the interest of 800 million Europeans.

The CEPEJ presents today the 2012 Edition of its report, based on the 2010 data.

The report has been adopted by the CEPEJ in July 2012.

The number of subjects and states that are addressed make it unique.

The methodology used, alongside the important contribution and support of the member states of the Council of Europe, makes it possible to present a analysis, which is increasingly detailed from one edition to another, of the judicial systems of 46 European states.

The quality of the data available allows to compose and analyse statistical series.

These series are designed to measure the main trends in Europe as regards the evolution of judicial systems and reform processes. Relying on those data, the CEPEJ can propose concrete solutions to evaluate and improve the quality and efficiency of justice in Europe.

The CEPEJ highly encourages policy makers and researchers to use this unique information to develop studies and feed the indispensable European debate and reforms, the necessity for which is regularly reminded by the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the events in the member states and entities.

The purpose of this document is not to provide a synthesis of a voluminous report, but is only to highlight, in an easily readable format, some of its elements and incite the readers into taking time “to go further”. In this overview, only brief comments follow the graphs and tables extracted from the report, but they refer to the full report which enables a deeper approach with all the necessary methodological elements for rigorous analysis and comparisons (see

All the data given by the member states are available on the CEPEJ website. The national answers also contain descriptions of the judicial systems and explanations which contribute to a large extent to the understanding of the given data. Thus, agenuine database of the judicial systems of the Council of Europe’s member states is easily accessible to citizens, policy makers, legal practitioners, academics and researchers.

  • Geographical area: Europe
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