European Day of Justice

European Day of Justice Quick Facts

AKA NameEuropean Day of Civil Justice
2020 Date25 October 2020
2021 Date25 October 2021
European Day of Justice

European Day of Justice History

European Day of Justice is a day that serves to inform EU citizens of their rights and access to cross-border justice in the EU. Legal workers spend the day encouraging the wider population to engage with how their society polices behaviour in order to better understand their rights.

European Day of Justice began in 2003 as a joint effort between the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Member states organise events around the date which brings justice closer to the citizens. It is a chance to learn more about rights and legal procedure. Each country holds events on different dates, the law never stops, but the main celebration is held on October 25th.

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European Day of Justice Facts & Quotes

  • In 2013, the average prison population rate in European countries was 140 inmates per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In 2012, European prison administrations spent an average of €97 per inmate per day- although the amount varied greatly from country to country.
  • Italy has the most prisons in Europe (225), Poland has the second most (215) and France the third (190).
  • Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. ― Benjamin Franklin
  • For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked. ― Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the laws

European Day of Justice Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit a courthouse near you. On European Day of Justice courts hold open sessions where anybody can learn more about the legal system.
  • Write a letter to someone in prison. How we treat those who break the law will determine how they are as people when they’re released from prison. There are numerous organisations that can help you do this try Prison Fellowship, Black and Pink or Write A Prisoner.
  • Listen to a podcast. There are numerous riveting podcasts that examine criminal cases. Our favourites include:
    1) Serial
    2) Sword and Scale
    3) Criminal
  • Watch a TV show that examines the different sides of criminality and the law. Shows such as The Wire, Breaking Bad and Fargo approach the subject from many different perspectives.
  • Read a book about crime and justice. Many great books have been on the topic.
    Our favourites are:
    1) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    2) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    3) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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