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Document 52019XG0313(02)

2019-2023 Action Plan European e-Justice

ST/5140/2019/INIT

OJ C 96, 13.3.2019, p. 9–32 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

13.3.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 96/9


2019-2023 Action Plan European e-Justice

(2019/C 96/05)

Table of contents

I.

Introduction 9

II.

Access to information 10

A.

General information on Justice 10

1.

Development of the e-Justice Portal 10

2.

Interconnection of registers 11

3.

Access to data sets 12

B.

Access to legal information 13

1.

Access to legal data 13

2.

Interlinking legal data 16

3.

Artificial Intelligence 17

III.

e-Communication in the field of justice 18

A.

Secure exchange of data 18

B.

Secure communication between citizens, practitioners and judicial authorities 21

IV.

Interoperability 22

A.

e-CODEX 22

B.

Semantic interoperability 23

V.

Reserve list 25

VI.

Projects led by practitioners 28

I.   Introduction

1.

The European e-Justice Strategy (the Strategy) and Action Plan are renewed, as the documents (1), which were adopted for the 2014-2018 period, come to the end of their terms.

2.

The Strategy provides a vision for what to include into the Action Plan and how to implement it, and justifies the three objectives of access to information (2), e-Communication in the field of justice (3) and interoperability (4). However, it does not contain any indication as to the concrete projects for implementation. These are set out in an Action Plan, which is intended to at deliver the vision of the Strategy, with a structure reflecting the three objectives.

3.

The Action Plan contains a list of the projects considered for implementation in the 2019-2023 period, with an indication of the participants, actions for practical implementation and respective contributions of the participants. A project leader may be a Member State, the Commission, the Publications Office, another organisation or a combination thereof, which will assume responsibility for coordinating and leading the work on a project towards its successful conclusion. All participants and stakeholders involved remain responsible for the completion of their own part of the project.

4.

The actions described below were evaluated and selected by Member States experts based on the criteria contained in the e-Justice Strategy.

II.   Access to information

5.

As was the case in the 2014-2018 e-Justice Action Plan (5), the e-Justice Portal should provide general information to citizens, businesses, legal practitioners and judicial authorities, about EU and Member States' legislation and case law. In parallel, the EUR-Lex website should provide information on EU law and case law, along with information on how Member States transpose EU directives.

A.    General information on Justice

1.   Development of the e-Justice Portal

6.

The e-Justice Portal can be improved by implementing enhancements to the Portal, such as a central query tool or extended dynamic functionalities. Its role as a one-stop-shop for European e-Justice should be further reinforced by the planned developments.

7.

These improvements are intended to make the Portal more usable and complete. Both the static and dynamic contents should be complemented with new information and functionalities.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

1

Improvements to the e-Justice Portal

COM

Develop new features for the e-Justice Portal, such as a central query tool

Extend the scope of the Portal's dynamic functionalities

Implement a Small Claims Wizard

Enrich the static content of the Portal

Analyse and implement tools on the e-Justice Portal

Determine the scope of new useful content and collect information

Expand the scope of existing tools, such as BRIS

Develop a common search interface to allow users to query interconnected registers and databases (central query tool)

COM

Provide information to the Commission for the publication of new information on the Portal

Keep static content updated

Participate in the existing tools

Develop the necessary tools for the improvements to the Portal

Provide translation for the static content in all official languages of the EU

Follow up on the implementation of the Portal, notably by assessing possible issues

Serve as a contact point for collecting information in Member States

Professional and legal organisations, in particular, the European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters:

Same as Member States in cases where they have a role akin to that of Member States

2.   Interconnection of registers

8.

The European e-Justice Portal should also serve as a single access point for interconnected national registers, relevant to the field of justice. These registers are managed by national authorities or professional bodies. Their aim is to facilitate the administration of and access to justice.

9.

The interconnected registers are provided and maintained by the responsible local organisations, be they public authorities or practitioners' associations (6). The Portal provides a central point of access to these registers, but does not store a centralised duplicate of them. The maintenance of the access point established at EU level remains the responsibility of the Commission.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

2

Land Registers Interconnection

AT

Create an interconnection for land registers in Member States

Create a tool for querying land registers

Connect the national land register(s) to the LRI application on the e-Justice Portal including authentication and authorisation of court professionals who may use privileged functions

Implement an e-Payment solution for payment of fees linked with LRI

COM

Connect national Land register(s) to the LRI application

Build the multi-language LRI query application on the e-Justice Portal

Implement an e-Payment solution for payment of fees

Follow up on implementation by Member States and the Commission

Share information and practices on the implementation of registers and their interconnection

Professionals such as geographers or geometers:

Possibly provide assistance in creating registers

Provide data for the registers

Legal practitioners such as notaries or lawyers or companies such as banks:

Use the interconnection

3

Find a Bailiff

COM

Expand the scope of the Find a Bailiff directory

Provide improved information on national enforcement proceedings and mechanisms for appointing bailiffs/enforcement authorities

Promote the Find a Bailiff directory and expand its coverage

Improve the software provided for creating national directories of bailiffs/enforcement authorities

Draft information pages

COM and CEHJ

Coordinate with national chambers of bailiffs, to allow for the creation of a directory

Integrate the expanded Find a Bailiff tool with the e-Justice Portal

Serve as a contact point for national associations of bailiffs/enforcement authorities

National chambers of bailiffs:

Establish national directories

3.   Access to data sets

10.

In parallel with registers, the Portal should provide access to data relevant to access to justice.

11.

These data sets would, like the registers in the previous section, be interconnected through the Portal. Their maintenance would be the responsibility of the local stakeholders.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

4

Criminal Court Database

AT

Establish a central contact point for the data of competent authorities concerning a number of legal instruments in criminal matters, such as the European Investigation Order or Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

Define a basic set of legal instruments and legal competences for criminal matters

Adapt the architecture of the Court Database to the needs of instruments in criminal matters

COM

Provide and maintain national data

Adapt the European Court Database

Define legal instruments

Follow up on the updating of the database

European Judicial Network in Criminal Matters:

Serve as contact points for collecting information and requesting updates

5

Judicial Auctions Phase 2

IT

Create a common search engine on the European e-Justice Portal, for advertisements of judicial sales published in the Member States

Define and implement the search engine for judicial sales on the e-Justice Portal

IT

Implement the automatic retrieval mechanism, if there is a national system

Implement and deploy the search engine and related functions on the European e-Justice Portal

Agree on available and mandatory information

Define the scope of the search engine

 

B.    Access to legal information

1.   Access to legal data

12.

EUR-Lex gives access to EU law, national law transposing EU law, case law coming from the Court of Justice of the EU as well as national case law related to EU law. Access to legal data should also be facilitated by the use of identifiers for legislation and case law, which allow for easier analyses of legal data.

13.

Data protection guidelines need to be taken into account when publishing case law. In order to facilitate this publication, automatic tools for pseudonymisation or anonymisation need to be developed.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Publications Office of the European Union

Working Party

Other partners

6

EUR-Lex

POEU

Improve the EUR-Lex website (search engine, user experience, updating, export, etc.…)

Improve the search function

Display information in a more comprehensive and user-friendly manner

Allow for exporting bundles of acts

POEU

Update legal information, in particular in the field of transposition measures on a voluntary basis

Carry out improvements on EUR-Lex

Follow up on the implementation of the features and updating

 

7

ECLI

NL

Increase the number of courts/Member States that assign ECLI to their court decisions

Expand the possible uses of ECLI

Expand the range of applications for ECLI, by multiplying the available functionalities (summaries, translations, legal references, improved user interfaces) of the ECLI architecture

NL

Implement ECLI and develop new functionalities for ECLI

Commission:

Maintain the ECLI-Search Engine

POEU:

Support developments of ECLI

Monitor and coordinate the work on ECLI

Legal networks and professional organisations:

Provide data

8

ELI

POEU and LU

Facilitate access to, share and interconnect legal information published through national European and global legal information systems

Ensure the evolution and maintenance of the ELI-related specifications in a structured framework

Exchange information and good practices on the implementation of ELI on a regular basis with other stakeholders

LU and POEU

Maintain and keep ELI up-to-date for national legislation

POEU:

Maintain and keep ELI up-to-date for EU legislation

Exchange information and good practices on the implementation of ELI on a regular basis with other stakeholders

 

9

Anonymisation and pseudo-nymisation of Court decisions for Open Data use

FR and AT

Facilitate the transparent and accessible publication of court decisions

Develop tools using AI technology to automatically anonymise or pseudonymise court decisions for reuse

Identify best practices and technical guidelines for GDPR compatible automatic anonymised/pseudonymised publication of Court decisions

Create an AI tool to automatically pseudonymise/anonymise court decisions, using databases of court decisions

AT

Provide the data required to train the system (notably taken from national court data)

Assist in analysis and developments

Coordinate the work on the tool

Determine best practices and guidelines for its conception and implementation

 

2.   Interlinking legal data

14.

Interlinked legal data allows users to find relevant information in a fast and reliable way. Legal data can be used in Open Data format to help citizens, businesses and judicial authorities study and collate data, in order to analyse it and contribute to applications using this data, including by taking advantage of Artificial Intelligence.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Publications Office of the European Union

Working Party

Other partners

10

Interlinking of legal data

POEU

Further implement ELI and ECLI on the side of the POEU

Better link EU law, national transposition measures and case law

Update faster

Develop linked Open Data

Improve the transmission tools for national transposition measures and relevant case law

Improve the interoperability of tools for accessing relevant legislation and case law

Create automatic links from texts of legal acts to other legal acts and case law

POEU

Provide the required data

Transmit national transposition measures and relevant case law on a voluntary basis

Implement tools

Monitor transmission and updating

Serve as contact point for the Publications Office

Monitor the implementation of tools

Provide feedback on the usability of these tools

 

3.   Artificial Intelligence

15.

Artificial Intelligence has been identified as one of the major developments in information and communication technologies in recent years and should be further developed in coming years. Its implications in the field of e-Justice need to be further defined.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

11

Artificial Intelligence for Justice

COM, FR and AT

Define the role which Artificial Intelligence might play in the field to justice

Develop an AI-tool for analysis of court decisions

Draft a report describing the state of play of Artificial Intelligence tools developed in Member States

Develop applications for use in national judiciaries, taking into account the specific needs of the judiciary

FR and COM (with respect to the e-Justice Portal)

Provide information on the use of AI-tools in their judiciaries

Provide feedback on available AI-tools in the field of justice

Participate in pilot project

Support AI tools used by Member States' judiciaries

Consider developing AI tools for the e-Justice Portal

Draft a report describing the state of play of Artificial Intelligence tools developed in Member States

CCBE:

Draft a guide on the use of Artificial Intelligence by lawyers in the EU

12

Chatbot for the e-Justice Portal

AT

Develop a ChatBot that would assist the user and direct her/him to the information s/he is looking for.

Identify the use cases for a ChatBot on the e-Justice Portal

Develop and setup this ChatBot

AT and COM (with respect to the e-Justice Portal)

Contribute to the content parts of the Portal

Provide feedback on the ChatBot

Develop the ChatBot

Implement the ChatBot on the e-Justice Portal for identified use cases

Follow up on the development of the ChatBot

Provide feedback on the implementation of the ChatBot

 

III.   e-Communication in the field of justice

A.    Secure exchange of data

16.

In order to develop cross-border electronic proceedings, there needs to be secure exchange of data between the authorities and practitioners involved in these proceedings. A number of preconditions are necessary, however such as an agreement on security conditions of transmission or the ability to trust in a transmitted document.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

13

Electronic payment of Court fees

COM

Allow for electronic payment of court fees

Establish an inventory of judicial procedures and associated court fees

Analyse the national situation of Member States on the means of payment for court fees

Enable online payment of court fees vie the e-Justice Portal

Agree among participating Member States on the modalities of the payment system

COM

Provide information on the national context for Court fees (inventory and means of payment)

Implement the necessary legal and technical changes

Develop the tool on the e-Justice Portal for the determination and possible payment of court fees

Assess the results of the inventory of court fees

 

14

Cooperation in digital criminal proceedings

EE

Explore and analyse the possibilities for exchanging data digitally in criminal proceedings

Analyse use cases for digital criminal proceedings

Share knowledge and best practices in this field

Analyse the feasibility of data exchange in digital criminal proceedings

EE

Provide information on the national situation concerning digital criminal proceedings

Provide tools for the secure exchange of data

Serve as a forum for the exchange of best practices

Serve as a contact point for the implementation of possible pilot projects

 

15

e-Identity 2.0

COM

Adopt an ontology of professional roles covering the entirety of the European judicial space

Prepare a clear approach for technical implementation

Create an ontology of professional roles

Create a structure for maintaining this ontology

Prepare the implementation of personal identification linked to professional roles

COM

Provide information on the role of legal practitioners

Define access rights depending on this ontology

Create an ontology of professional roles for legal practitioners

Serve as a contact point between the Commission, Member States and legal practitioners

Provide feedback on the legal context in the Member States

Practitioners:

Provide information on the role and practices of legal practitioners

16

iSupport for the e-Justice Portal

AT

Provide a way to communicate digitally with a Member State's central authority through the e-Justice portal

Determine the conditions of use for iSupport on the e-Justice Portal

Integrate the necessary changes into iSupport

Implement iSupport on the Portal

To be determined

Connect national central authorities to iSupport

Implement iSupport on the Portal

Determine the conditions of use for iSupport on the e-Justice Portal

Serve as contact for national central authorities

Hague Conference on Private International Law:

Develop iSupport

17

Find a Lawyer II

COM

Create a verification system for the status of a lawyer

Assess the legal admissibility of certificates delivered in the framework of the existing Find a Lawyer II system

Implement the existing Find a Lawyer II solution on the e-Justice Portal

CCBE and COM (with respect to the e-Justice Portal)

Provide information about the legal context for delivering certificates on the status of a lawyer

If possible, implement the existing Find a Lawyer II solution on the e-Justice Portal

Serve as a contact point between the Commission, Member States and legal practitioners

Provide feedback on the legal context in the Member States

CCBE:

Coordinate the work on the side of the bar associations

If adopted, provide information through the Find a Lawyer II system

18

Blockchain for Justice

COM

Explore use cases for blockchain technologies in the e-Justice domain

Launch a study to analyse the legal conditions and possible opportunities and/or obstacles

COM

Provide information on the legal and technical national context

Conduct the study

Serve as contact point for practitioners

Evaluate the results of the study

Interested legal and professional organisations:

Provide input based on their experience

19

e-Payment for the e-Justice Portal

AT

Develop a payment system for fees

Implement an e-Payment function for fees on the e-Justice Portal

Agree among participating Member States on the use of the payment system

To be determined

Provide relevant input and information

Participate in the payment system in the context of its application (e.g. payment of BRIS document fees)

Implement the e-Payment function

Determine the conditions of use for the payment system

 

B.    Secure communication between citizens, practitioners and judicial authorities

17.

In order to more immediately involve citizens in electronic judicial proceedings, tools for direct communication between citizens, practitioners and judicial authorities need to be developed.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

20

Videoconferencing

AT

Identify problems with cross-border videoconferencing

Exchange information, good practices and technology to enable cross-border videoconferencing

Suggest short-term actions and projects to improve cross-border videoconferencing

Exchange information, good practices and technology

Suggest specific actions and projects to improve cross-border videoconferencing

AT

Provide courts and administrations with video-conferencing equipment

Maintain the relevant static content on the e-Justice Portal

NA

Serve as a forum to exchange information, good practices and technology

 

IV.   Interoperability

A.    e-CODEX

18.

Interoperability is one of the objectives expressed in the e-Justice Strategy (7). Interoperability between national systems is intended to be ensured by e-CODEX technology (e-Justice Communication via Online Data EXchange) and its continuation project Me-CODEX (Maintenance of e-CODEX).

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

21

e-CODEX

AT

Maintain the e-CODEX system in order to prepare it for a handover

Maintain the e-CODEX components and the Central Testing Platform

Establish the necessary governance and communication and marketing activities

e-CODEX consortium

Use e-CODEX

Communicate experience and practices to the e-CODEX community

Cooperate with Member States in maintaining e-CODEX

Serve as a forum for expanding the e-CODEX community

Serve as a contact point concerning the use of e-CODEX within the framework of EU instruments

Hague Convention on Private International Law, legal practitioners organisations and stakeholders:

Use e-CODEX

Provide feedback

22

e-CODEX for legal instruments

AT

Implement pilots for the exchange of forms, documents and structured data

Provide the business and process modelling and the technical implementation for the interconnection between the authorities participating in legal instruments through e-CODEX

e-CODEX consortium

Use e-CODEX within the framework of legal instruments

Provide access to the e-CODEX network

Serve as a contact point to liaise between Working Parties working on legal instruments and Member States or the e-CODEX consortium

 

23

Harmonisation of backend systems

AT

Generate common and harmonised backend systems for specific legal instruments

Identify legal instruments for which common backend systems are desirable and feasible

e-CODEX consortium

Develop backends for systems derived from legal instruments

Cooperate in the creation of common backends

Provide common backends, depending on the needs of Member States

Serve as a point of contact for determining the backends to be implemented

 

B.    Semantic interoperability

19.

The aim of semantic interoperability is to facilitate communication between systems by aligning terms used in metadata and standards. It also intended to reduce the impact of language differences by providing automatic translation, thus freeing resources for urgent translations.

20.

A controlled vocabulary consists of a list of terms used to index content and make it easier to retrieve of information. The processing of data and discoverability of information can be further enhanced and rendered more efficient by using controlled vocabularies, identifiers such as ELI or ECLI, Artificial Intelligence and analysis of legal Open Data and Big Data.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Publications Office of the European Union

Working Party

Other partners

24

Voice recognition

NL

Develop a tool, allowing for the automatic transcription of oral discourse into written form, for use in judicial proceedings

Determine use cases and best practices for automatic transcription

Develop a database of languages and dialects

Agree on the legal and technical use conditions of automatic transcription within the judicial field

NL

Provide access to data on native languages and dialects

NA

Monitor the development of the tool

Serve as a contact point between participants

Determine the use cases and technical possibilities of the tool

Experts (translators/interpreters) and academics:

Possibly provide data

25

Controlled vocabularies — EuroVoc and LegiVoc

POEU and FR

Encourage the use of VocBench

Put in place a EuroVoc indexing tool

Expand LegiVoc

Consolidate and promote the semantic alignment of the vocabularies of the EU Member States, along with third States

Promote the use of VocBench

Develop an automatic indexing tool for EuroVoc

Expand the range of included vocabularies in LegiVoc

Improve the administration of LegiVoc

POEU for EuroVoc, FR for LegiVoc

Provide information on vocabularies

Develop an automatic indexing tool for EuroVoc

Align different tools

Communicate on VocBench

Monitor the use of EuroVoc

Serve as a contact point for the wider implementation of VocBench and LegiVoc

 

26

Interoperability and common standards

POEU

Create common formats for the legislative process

Further promote the use of Open Data

Create a legislative drafting management system

Harmonise the document and information flow

Publish further e-Justice datasets on the EU Open Data Portal

Possibly develop a new system as a result of cooperation between the Member States, the Publications Office of the European Union, the Commission and possibly other EU institutions

POEU

Cooperate with the Publications Office on developing a legislative drafting management system

Work on harmonisation and publication

Develop a legislative drafting management system

Monitor the development of the drafting system and publication of EU Open Data

Serve as a contact point with the Publications Office for coordinating on the development of the drafting system

 

V.   Reserve list

21.

There are certain projects that present an interest for e-Justice, but some of their preconditions appear unfulfilled for the time being. Therefore, Member States have agreed to create a reserve list of projects with lower priority, which could still be implemented with the participation of the Member States who wish to pursue the project once solutions have been found for existing obstacles or unfulfilled conditions. These projects could still be awarded financing if calls encompass their scope.

22.

In order to foster a better uptake of e-Justice projects, the Working Party on e-Law (e-Justice) can serve as a forum, for the following projects.

No

Name of the project

Proposed by

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Contributions

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

R1

Debtors Information System

NL

Create a central platform for debtors and potential creditors to access information on their situation (for debtors, on their own situation, for potential creditors, on the situation of possible debtors)

Create a platform for displaying data contained in debt-related databases

Create databases of debt data in participating Member States

Create an interconnection between these databases

Enable citizens and professionals to exchange data and communicate

NL

Update and interconnect existing databases

Consider possibilities for hosting the developed tool on the e-Justice Portal

Serve as a contact point for creating and updating debtors' databases

 

R2

BabelLex

FR

Offer access to databases of translators and interpreters through the e-Justice Portal

Further develop the BabelLex platform

Expand the platform's geographical coverage

Integrate BabelLex into the e-Justice Portal, along the lines of the ‘Find a…’ tools

FR

Provide assistance to associations of interpreters and translators in creating and maintaining databases of interpreters and translators

Provide the search tool to be used on the e-Justice Portal

Serve as contact point for associations of interpreters and translators

Provide assistance in contacting local associations

Associations of interpreters and translators:

Create and maintain databases of interpreters and translators

R3

Interconnection of national registers of vulnerable adults

FR

Establish national databases on the legal capacity of persons, including their wishes in case of prospective physical or mental disability

Interconnect these databases

Support the interconnection of existing national registers listing decisions dealing with protective measures for vulnerable adults

Add an information page on the e-Justice Portal dealing with legal capacity and vulnerable adults

FR

Maintain existing national databases of decisions dealing with protective measures for vulnerable adults

Allow for an interconnection with this database

Provide the infrastructure on the e-Justice Portal

Coordinate on the contents of the databases and interconnection

Follow up on its implementation by Member States and the Commission

Notaries:

Cooperate on the maintenance and updating of national databases

R4

Electronic seals and assurance levels in e-Justice

COM

Establish the type of electronic signatures and seals required for various proceedings and the assurance levels of the means of eID to be used in compliance with the eIDAS Regulation to access e-Justice services

Determine the assurance levels required for use of electronic identity schemes for the cross border access e-Justice services

Determine the requirements for the use of electronic signatures and electronic seals

COM

Provide information on national requirements with respect to national e-signatures and e-seals recognised by Member States in the field of e-Justice services

NA

Collect information on national practices and requirements for electronic signatures and seals

Agree on recommendations for eIDAS-regulated services in the field of Justice

 

R5

European Single Email Address

COM

Implement a national/EU email address for official communications with the judiciary/competent public authorities to be used at both national and European level

Create an inventory of national email address systems, used for official communications

Determine use cases for an EU email address dedicated to official communications

Define a strategy for establishing such an email address

COM

Provide information on electronic means used in official communication at national level

Agree among participating Member States on the implementation of an EU email address for official communication

Study the feasibility of the implementation of an EU email address to be used in the context of official communication

Collect information on national practices regarding email addresses for official communication

 

VI.   Projects led by practitioners

23.

Practitioners have proposed projects, that would benefit of e-Justice work. The projects would be launched at the initiative of the practitioners who made the proposal (8).

24.

At the request of practitioners, these projects may require the help of the Working Party. The Working Party would coordinate the actions undertaken so as to avoid duplication of effort among the practitioners involved.

No

Name of the project

Goals of the project

Actions to be undertaken

Project leader

Form of participation

Member States

Commission

Working Party

Other partners

P1

Online Dispute Resolution for Small Claims

Create a technical bridge/gateway between online dispute resolution systems and the EU Small Claims electronic procedure when the dispute is not solved online

Conduct a comparative study on the existing Online Dispute Resolution for Small claims in the different Member States (scope, technologies, professionals involved)

Analyse and propose technical options for convergence (if necessary) and connection between the Online Dispute Resolution systems and EU Small claims electronic procedure

European Chamber of Judicial Officers (CEHJ)

Provide information on existing online national dispute resolutions systems

Reflect on a technical bridge/gateway between online dispute resolution systems

Reflect on a technical bridge/gateway between online dispute resolution systems

Serve as a contact point for practitioners' associations

CEHJ:

Conduct the study

Publish the results of the study

Cooperate with the Commission and Member States to determine the best solutions for connecting ODR and the EU small claims procedure

P2

EPIS Database

Create a sustainable and recognised platform for the centralisation of EU prison information.

Aid transparency and facilitate knowledge sharing and learning concerning prison operations, conditions and practices

Raise awareness of and encourage contributions to EPIS

Encourage contributions from Member States' national prison agencies as regards more datasets and the possibility of developing a statistical database

EuroPris

Provide data on their penitentiary establishments

Provide a link on the e-Justice Portal to the EPIS database

Serve as a contact point for EuroPris

Consider possible future uses for the database

University of Lausanne:

Develop a statistical database

P3

Electronic Registers of Experts

Create national directories of judicial experts

Implement a search tool on the e-Justice Portal, interconnecting these directories

Promote the creation of national directories of judicial experts

Interconnect these national directories through the e-Justice Portal

Draft information pages for citizens

European Expert and Expertise Institute (EEEI) + EuroExpert

If needed, assist national associations of judicial experts in creating directories of their members

Coordinate with these associations, in order to interconnect their directories through the e-Justice Portal

Provide the search tool on the e-Justice Portal

Serve as a contact point for national associations of experts

EEEI + EuroExpert:

Establish directories of judicial experts

Consider best practices in order to facilitate the implementation of such directories

P4

e-Expertise

Deploy paperless exchanges in judicial expertise procedures

Take stock of the tools currently used in the EU both in the context of judicial expertise procedures and in the other judicial professions.

Assess the variety of expertise and procedures linked to expertise

Implement the existing forms in the annex to Council Regulation (EC) No 1206/2001

Develop a new request form to find, assess and appoint an expert for giving evidence

European Expert and Expertise Institute (EEEI) + EuroExpert

Provide information on existing expertise procedures

NA

Serve as a contact point for practitioners' associations

EEEI+ EuroExpert:

Take stock of the ‘European’ tools available to the judicial professions

Choose the appropriate solution(s)

Develop and implement one or more pilot projects

P5

Interconnection of European Certificates of Succession Registers

Combat forged and duplicate ECS

Assist in the use of ECS

Interconnect existing registers to those already interconnected via ENRWA

European Network of Registers of Wills Associations (ENRWA)

Interconnect existing registers

Create registers in voluntary Member States where they do not exist

Provide the infrastructure for access to the interconnection on the e-Justice Portal

Promote the project to national authorities

Possibly develop a best-practice guide for countries wishing to set up and interconnect registers

European Network of Registers of Wills Association:

Coordinate the creation of national registers

Share knowledge on best practices and technologies for creating national registers


(1)  Draft strategy on European e-Justice 2014-2018 (OJ C 376, 21.12.2013, p. 7) and Multiannual European e-Justice Action Plan 2014-2018 (OJ C 182, 14.6.2014, p. 2).

(2)  Paragraph 12 to 17 of WK 2894/2018 REV 2.

(3)  Paragraph 18 to 22 of WK 2894/2018 REV 2.

(4)  Paragraph 40 of WK 2894/2018 REV 2.

(5)  Paragraph 14 of the Multiannual European e-Justice Action Plan 2014-2018 (OJ C 182, 14.6.2014, p. 2).

(6)  As per the principle of decentralisation expressed in the e-Justice Strategy at paragraphs 38 and 39 of WK 2894 2018 REV 2.

(7)  Paragraph 40 of WK 2894 2018 REV 2.

(8)  As indicated in paragraph 32 of the current draft 2019-2023 e-Justice Strategy, 12794/1/18 REV 1.


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