Consultative Council of European Judges, CCJE

The Council of Europe attaches great importance to the status of judges and the quality of the justice system because the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms - which are key values for the Organisation - depend for their implementation on a strong and independent judiciary.

In this context, the Council of Europe is concerned both to strengthen the judiciary in its member States, with the aim of ensuring mutual respect between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, and to give European citizens increased confidence in the justice system.

It was in the light of these two objectives that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe set up the Consultative Council of European Judges in 2000.