COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS The 2017 EU Justice Scoreboard

1. The 2017 Justice Scoreboard is presented by the European Commission as a tool that aims to assist the EU and Member States to achieve more effective justice by providing objective, reliable and comparative data on the efficiency, quality and independence of Member States’ justice systems. This comparative overview is designed to assist Member States in identifying potential shortcomings, improvements and good practices as well as identifying trends in the functioning of national justice systems over time.

2. Large parts of the quantitative data are provided by the Council of Europe’s Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). Other sources include the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the European Communication Network (ECN), amongst other organisations. The methodology for the Scoreboard has been further developed in close cooperation with the group of contact persons on national justice systems, both through a questionnaire and collecting data on certain aspects of the functioning of justice systems. The data published in the Scoreboard covers 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The 2017 edition amongst other things tracks how consumers access the justice system, such as channels used to submit complaints against companies and how legal aid and court fees influence access to justice.

Topic  Justice & Home Affairs 
Department  MOJ 
Council Reference  8217/17 
COM Reference  COM(17)167 
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Associated file(s)


  1. 7 November 2017 Raab-Boswell - 275 KB - pdf
  2. 7 November 2017 Raab-Cash - 275 KB - pdf
  3. Document 8217/17 - 1 MB - pdf
  4. EM 8217/17 - 154 KB - pdf

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