The role of associations of judges in supporting judicial independence
The CCJE notes that a great variety of judges’ associations
exist in Europe, in relation to their aims, the size of their membership, and
the qualifications for membership. However, a common feature for them all is
that they are self-governing non-profit organisations whose most important and
overarching objectives are to establish and defend the independence of judges,
to safeguard their status and, to ensure adequate working conditions for
judges. In this way, the associations help foster and improve the rule of law.
The CCJE also notes that associations of judges should be closely involved in
any judicial reform efforts, and that training and ethics are important areas
of work for them as well.
The Opinion will be transmitted to the Committee of
Ministers in charge of ensuring its dissemination and fostering its application
in all member States. (coe.int)