Communication on ‘The 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard’

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Series Details COM (2019) 198
Publication Date 26/04/2019
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Communication published by the European Commission in April 2019 featuring the annual EU Justice Scoreboard.

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The EU Justice Scoreboard is a comparative information tool that aims to assist the EU and Member States to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems. The Scoreboard contributes to identifying good practices, improvements and potential shortcomings. It shows trends in the functioning of national justice systems over time. It does not promote any particular type of justice system, whatever the model of the national justice system - or the legal tradition in which it is anchored - timeliness, independence, affordability and user-friendly access are some of the essential features of an effective justice system.

The results are mixed and show relative improvements with regard to the efficiency of justice systems and the quality of justice. At the same time, the Scoreboard shows there are growing challenges with regard to the perception of judicial independence.

This is the seventh edition of the EU Justice Scorebaord, adopted by the Commission on 26 April 2019.

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Commentary and Analysis
EUCRIM: News, 17/06/2019: 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard: Downward Trend for Judicial Independence
Verfassungsblog, 15/01/2020: Spain has a Problem with its Judiciary

EUObserver, 26/04/2019: EU justice 'barometer' hindered by data gaps
EurActiv, 26/04/2019: The Juncker Commission won’t lift the monitoring on Bulgaria
Balkan Insight, 26/04/2019: Trust in Courts Declining in Eastern Europe, Commissioner Warns
La Stampa, 27/04/2019: EU justice scoreboard finds problems in Italy

European Commission: DG Justice: EU Justice Scoreboard
European Commission: Press Release, 26/04/2019: EU Justice Scoreboard 2019: results show the continuing need to protect judicial independence
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 26/04/2019: Justice Scoreboard - Questions and Answers

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