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A Method for Assessment of the Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary

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Frans Van Dijk ,

Council for the Judiciary and Montaigne Centre, Utrecht School of law, NL
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Geoffrey Vos

GB
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Abstract

The method outlined in this paper consists of a systematic assessment of the level of independence achieved in practice by national judicial systems throughout Europe, for the purpose of improving the design of judicial arrangements. Accountability of the judiciary is assessed alongside independence as those two concepts are intricately linked. Judicial independence and accountability are both evaluated in relation to the judicial system as a whole, as well as in relation to individual judges. Judicial independence is considered both objectively and subjectively. Specific indicators have been identified for each of these assessments. The whole methodology was applied to the judicial systems of 23 countries in Europe. The main findings of this exercise are summarised in this paper, with the strengths and weaknesses of these judicial systems and the most acute risks to judicial independence identified below.

How to Cite: Van Dijk, F. and Vos, G., 2018. A Method for Assessment of the Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary. International Journal for Court Administration, 9(3), pp.1–21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ijca.276
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Published on 19 Dec 2018.
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