From November 6 till November 8, the 20th Plenary Session of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) and the Solemn Conference dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the CCJE are held in Strasbourg. Aija Branta, Senator of the Supreme Court of Latvia and Latvia's representative to CCJE, is also taking part.

During the Plenary Session, the participants will report on events they have attended as representatives of the CCJE and have presented the work of the CCJE. As well as the CCJE's latest Opinion No 22 entitled “The Role of Judicial Judges” will be discussed.

It will be decided on the appointment of the CCJE president and vice president for 2020, the members of the CCJE Bureau for 2020 and 2021, as well as other issues regarding work organization will be discussed.

A solemn ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the CCJE will take place on 8 November. It will be moderated by Duro Sessa, President of the CCJE and President of the Supreme Court of Croatia. The exchange of views on issues such as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on the independence of judges, the contribution of the CCJE to the work and findings of the European Court of Human Rights will also take place.

The Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) was set up in 2000 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The main task of the CCJE is to strengthen the role of European judges in the states governed by the rule of law. The CCJE is an advisory body on the independence, impartiality and competence of judges; it emphasizes the essential role of the judiciary in a democratic society. The CCJE is the first body of an international organization (Council of Europe) composed solely of judges, making it a unique body at the European level.



Information prepared by Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court
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