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The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard-Ireland’s perceived judicial independence 2nd highest in EU
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17/03/2014 00:00:00

The EU Justice Scoreboard is an information tool that contributes to the European Semester process by providing objective data on the quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in all Member States. The aim of the EU Justice Scoreboard is to assist EU Member States, as part of an open dialogue, in improving the functioning of their justice systems.

    Vice President Viviane Reding presenting the results of the scoreboard

    The Justice Scoreboard contributes to identifying potential shortcomings and good practices and aims to present trends on the functioning of the national justice systems over time. While the Scoreboard presents comparative information on Member States’ justice systems based on a number of particular indicators, it is not intended to present an overall single ranking, or to promote any particular form of justice system.

    Some of the key findings:

    • At over 120%, Ireland’s judges rank highest in participating in continuous training activities in EU Law or in the law of another Member State. Ireland is followed by Slovenia in this category and the Czech Republic ranks last at under 10%. (Where the ratio of participants to existing members of a legal profession exceeds 100%, participants took part in more than one training activity on EU law.)
    • Ireland ranks second highest in the EU in terms of perceived judicial independence, slightly behind Finland, while Bulgaria and Slovakia rank last. This is based on the World Economic Forum indicator.1
    • In the area of “Availability of monitoring of courts' activities in 2012” Ireland had information available in three out of six areas: Annual activity report, number of incoming cases, and number of decisions, but there is no information on the number of postponed cases, the length of proceedings or other elements.
    • ICT Systems for the registration and management of cases: In the category, Ireland’s ranking is between 3 and 3.5*, fifth from last. Denmark is the leader in this category at 4, and Greece is in the lowest position at 1.5. *(weighted indicator-min=0, max=4) (source: CEPEJ study)
    • Electronic communication between courts and parties: Ireland ranks in the middle at just over 2.5. Estonia leads in this category and Belgium ranks last at just over 0.5. (weighted indicator -min=0, max=4) (source: CEPEJ study)
    • Ireland ranks well in the availability of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, with judicial mediation, non-judicial mediation, arbitration and conciliation all available in Ireland. All except conciliation are available in Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Austria. Arbitration and non-judicial mediation are available in Latvia, while only judicial mediation is available in the Czech Republic.

    For more information:

    The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard: ­ Questions & Answers

    EU Justice scoreboard webpage



    1 The data is based on answers to the question: "To what extent is the judiciary in your country independent from the influences of members of government, citizens, or firms?" The survey was replied to by a representative sample of firms in all countries representing the main sectors of the economy (agriculture, manufacturing industry, non- manufacturing industry, and services). Ireland’s judges also have the highest rate of training in EU law or the law of other EU Member States.

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