Judicial Manual on Independence, Impartiality and Integrity of Justice

Manual on Independence, Impartiality and Integrity of Justice: A Thematic Compilation of International Standards, Policies and Best Practices

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The CEELI Institute is now in its fourth year of support for the Central and East European Judicial Exchange Network, which was successfully launched in October 2012. The Network is comprised of some of the best and brightest young judges from eighteen countries in the region who have come together to share best practices on issues of judicial independence, integrity, accountability, and court management. This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) at the U.S. Department of State.

This Manual represents a systematic effort to survey relevant international standards applicable to the judiciary. The authors first undertook a comprehensive review of relevant international documents, and then organized relevant standards according to thematic areas. The Manual provides easily accessible, substantive legal support for issues related to the status, work, rights, and responsibilities of judges. For example, Section II.8 of the Manual assembles all relevant international standards which establish and clarify the principle of judicial independence in the administration of justice. Judges needing to justify their role in administration can quickly access the necessary underlying legal support.

The Manual represents an extraordinary commitment of time and effort by the Network judges who participated in this project. They undertook extensive independent research and editing, coming together periodically at the Institute to coordinate and collaborate on their work. We are deeply indebted to them for their commitment, skill, and insight both in the conceptualization and actualization of this project.

An easy to use, interactive table of contents is available on the downloadable version of the document.

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