36th Plenary Meeting of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

The CEPEJ held its 36th plenary meeting via videoconferencing on 16 and 17 June 2021. On behalf of the CJP, Rapporteur Judges Mr. Zeki Uysal, PhD and Mr. Onur Ustali attended the meeting.

The meeting started with opening statements by Mr. Christophe POIREL, the Director of Human Rights of Council of Europe, and Mr.  Mikhail  LOBOV,  the Head  of  the Department for the Implementation of  Human  Rights, Justice  and  Legal  Co-operation  Standards.

As part of the agenda set out, The Possible Establishment of a Certification Mechanism for Artificial Intelligence Tools and Services in the Legal and Judicial Fieldproposed by the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL, was discussed in the meeting. This proposal is called as the “Roadmap” presents a progressive approach starting with the setting up of a labelling process towards the application of artificial intelligence within the CEPEJ. It was agreed that it is reasonable to refine the roadmap for CEPEJ’s next meeting in December.

The meeting continued with the presentation by the President of the CEPEJ-GT-CYBERJUST, Mrs. Guiliana Civinini, on the “Guidelines on videoconferencing in judicial proceedings”. They provide key principles that states and courts should follow to ensure that the use of videoconferencing in conformity with the right to a fair trial as enshrined in Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights ”The Activity Report of CEPEJ 2020” was adopted as well. And the session of discussions on the agenda items was completed following the remarks of the delegations who took the floor on the recent developments in the field of justice in the member and observer states.

It was decided to hold the 37th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ on 8 and 9 December 2021 in Strasbourg. 

After the complete list of agenda items was discussed, 36th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ ended with the closing remarks.

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