European Caseflow Management Development Network

Welcome to Caseflow Management Development network!

The process improvement work in judiciaries has produced a research field surrounding the concept called Caseflow Management (CFM). Many countries in Europe have designed and implemented promising solutions to improve CFM. The aim of this website is to facilitate European co-operation and informative exchange concerning different CFM innovations, practices and improvement efforts. The site is a platform for acquiring information, sharing good practices and finding benchmarking possibilities related to court Caseflow Management.

The website has been designed and established in a project "CFMnet: Towards European Caseflow Management Development network – Identifying, developing and sharing best practices". The project was undertaken in years 2014-2016 and was co-funded by the Civil Justice Program of the European Commission.

The purpose of this website is to communicate the main results of the project, as well as update information connected to news, events, ongoing projects and publications in the field of Caseflow Management in Europe.

The structure and content of the website:

1. About the project
• Basic information concerning the CFMnet–project: aims, methodology, results and outcomes

2.  Caseflow Management Handbook
• Practical improvement guide: "Caseflow Management Handbook - Guide for Enhanced Court Administration in Civil Proceedings". The handbook can be found in four languages: English, German, French and Italian.

3. Inventory of Caseflow Management practices
• Collection and examples of CFM innovations, tools and practices collected from different European countries. The collection will be constantly updated and complemented.

4. Civil proceeding schemas
• Selection of European Civil proceeding flow-charts (including ordinary-, order for payment- and small claim procedures).

5. News and links
• Current news and links related to publication, upcoming events (seminars, conferences) and projects

If you have any questions, comments, contribution or ideas on the topics discussed on the website, please contact:

Petra Pekkanen
Associate Professor, Lappeenranta University of Technology
+358 50 3226301

Project partners

  • Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Research Institute on Judicial Systems (IRSIG-CNR)
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Brescia
  • Ministry of Justice of Estonia
  • Ministry of Justice of Finland
  • Bern University

Civil Justice Program of the European Union

Project group

Lappeenranta University of Technology

  • Professor Timo Pirttilä
  • Associate professor Petra Pekkanen
  • Researcher Tiina Puolakka

The Research Institute on Judicial System of the National Research Council of Italy (IRSIG-CNR)

  • Director Marco Fabri
  • Researcher Marco Mellone

Utrecht University

  • Professor Philip Langbroek
  • Researcher Thomas de Weers

University of Brescia

  • Professor Lucio Zavanella
  • Associate professor Simone Zanoni

Ministry of Justice of Estonia

  • Researcher Timo Ligi
  • Researcher Ingrid Ulst
  • Manager Margit Lauri

Ministry of Justice of Finland

  • Director Jorma Hirvonen
  • Chief Judge Tuomas Nurmi

Bern University

  • Center for Public Management