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The EU justice scoreboard: Towards more effective justice systems in the EU


The European Commission today released the second edition of the EU Justice Scoreboard to promote the quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in the European Union.

The EU Justice Scoreboard is an information tool that presents objective, reliable and comparable data on the justice systems in the Member States. Following the first edition in 2013, the 2014 European Justice Scoreboard will continue to assist Member States and the EU in achieving more effective justice systems, and hence contribute to fostering economic growth in the Union. It will do so by contributing to the European Semester, the EU’s annual economic policy coordination process that aims to boost Member States' economic performance and competitiveness through a set of country-specific recommendations.

2014 Justice Scoreboard

The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard brings together data from various sources. Most of the quantitative data is provided by the Council of Europe Commission for the Evaluation of the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) which collects data from Member States. The 2014 Scoreboard focuses on litigious civil and commercial cases and administrative cases. It looks at the same indicators as in 2013 while also drawing on some additional sources of information: 

  1. Efficiency of justice systems: indicators include the length of proceedings, the clearance rate and the number of pending cases;
  2. Quality: indicators include the compulsory training of judges, monitoring and evaluation of court activities, the budget and human resources allocated to courts and the availability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and of alternative dispute resolution methods (ADR);
  3. Independence: the Scoreboard presents data on the perceived independence of the justice system. In addition, the 2014 Scoreboard provides a first general comparative overview of how national justice systems are organised to protect judicial independence in certain types of situations where it may be at risk. It looks at legal safeguards against, for example, the transfer or dismissal of judges.

The 2014 Scoreboard also presents the outcome of two pilot studies, which provide further fine-tuned data on the length of judicial proceedings relating to competition law and consumer law, expressed in average days.

More information

When preparing the EU Justice Scoreboard for 2014, the European Commission asked the Council of Europe’s Commission for the Evaluation of the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) to produce a Study on the functioning of judicial systems in the EU Member States, Facts and figures from the CEPEJ 2012-2014 evaluation exercisepdf(19 MB) Choose translations of the previous link . The Commission also made use of two pilot field studies that were commissioned to external contractors for this purpose: pilot field study on the functioning of national courts when applying EU competition rulespdf(8 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  and pilot field study on the functioning of national justice systems when applying EU consumer rulespdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link .