Corruption among judges undermines the foundations of the rule of law, severely impedes the protection of human rights and, according to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, public trust in the integrity of the judiciary continues to be very low in a number of member States.
Adopting a report on Judicial corruption prepared by Kimmo Sasi (Finland, EPP/CD), the Committee said that the judiciary is perceived as being among the most corrupt institution in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine.
It also deplored the fact that crucial aspects in the fight against judicial corruption, most notably concerning the implementation of anti-corruption legislation and access to data, identified in earlier Assembly resolutions, are left unaddressed by member States.
The adopted text invites Member States to implement fully and in a timely manner all relevant recommendations of the organs and monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe, in particular those of the Group of States against corruption (GRECO).
Lastly, the Committee renews its call upon the Committee of Ministers to elaborate a model code of conduct for judicial officials, and to gather figure-supported information on prosecutions and convictions of judges for corrupt conduct in member States.