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EU Justice Scoreboard: European Commission broadens the scope of its analysis of Member States' justice systems


The European Commission has today unveiled a new comparative tool to promote effective justice in the European Union and thereby reinforce economic growth.

The EU Justice Scoreboard is a comparative tool, which seeks to provide reliable and objective data on the justice systems in all 27 Member States, and in particular on the quality, independence and efficiency of justice, which are the key components of an 'effective justice system'. Effective justice systems are crucial for growth and for the effective implementation of EU law, as national courts play an essential role in upholding EU law. Improving the quality, independence and efficiency of judicial systems already forms part of the EU’s economic policy coordination process under the European Semester.

Effective justice systems are crucial for growth and for the effective implementation of EU law, since national courts play an essential role in upholding EU legislation.

2013 Justice Scoreboard

The EU Justice Scoreboard: A Tool to Promote Effective Justice and GrowthThe 2013 EU Justice Scoreboard is based primarily on the indicators relating to the efficiency of proceedings: the length of proceedings, the clearance rate, and the number of pending cases.  The Scoreboard further examines indicators on certain factors that can help to reduce the length of proceedings and to increase the quality of justice.

This includes monitoring and evaluation of court activities, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems for courts, alternative dispute resolution methods and the training of judges.

Given its economic focus, the scope of the 2013 EU Justice Scoreboard concentrates on efficiency indicators for civil, commercial and administrative cases. The Scoreboard also presents findings based on indicators relating to the perceived independence of the justice system. Perception of independence is important for investment decisions.

Providing information on these components in all Member States contributes to identifying potential shortcomings, as well highlighting examples of best practice.

More information

When preparing the EU Justice Scoreboard for 2013, the European Commission asked the Council of Europe’s Commission for the Evaluation of the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) to collect relevant data and produce a Study on the functioning of judicial systems and the situation of the economy in the European Union Member Statespdf(12 MB) Choose translations of the previous link .

The CEPJ study contains:

  • Part 1: Country fiches (data on all EU Member States)
  • Part 2: Comparative analysis
  • Part 3: Annexes and methodological notes

The 2013 EU Justice Scoreboard also uses data from other sources, including: