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EU — Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-131/12 Google Spain and Google

May 14, 2014 Comments off

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-131/12 Google Spain and Google (PDF)
Source: Court of Justice of the European Union
From press release (PDF)

An internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties.

Thus, if, following a search made on the basis of a person’s name, the list of results displays a link to a web page which contains information on the person in question, that data subject may approach the operator directly and, where the operator does not grant his request, bring the matter before the competent authorities in order to obtain, under certain conditions, the removal of that link from the list of results.

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EU — Statistics concerning judicial activity in 2013: unprecedented figures

March 20, 2014 Comments off

Statistics concerning judicial activity in 2013: unprecedented figures
Source: Court of Justice of the European Union

In 2013, the Court of Justice completed 701 cases, a considerable increase compared with the previous year (595 cases completed in 2012).

The Court had 699 new cases brought before it, which amounts to an increase of approximately 10% compared with 2012 and constitutes the highest annual number of cases brought since the Court’s creation.

Compared with the previous year, this increase in the total number of cases brought is attributable to the increase in the number of appeals and references for a preliminary ruling. The number of references for a preliminary ruling rose in 2013 to 450, the highest level ever.

So far as concerns the duration of proceedings, the statistics are very positive.

In the case of references for a preliminary ruling, the average duration amounted to 16.3 months. The average time taken to deal with direct actions and appeals was 24.3 months and 16.6 months respectively.

EU — Statistics concerning judicial activity in 2010: references for a preliminary ruling have never been dealt with so quickly

March 7, 2011 Comments off

Statistics concerning judicial activity in 2010: references for a preliminary ruling have never been dealt with so quickly (PDF)
Source: Court of Justice of the European Union

In the entire history of the institution, there have never been so many cases brought before the three courts comprising the Court of Justice of the European Union: 1 406 cases were brought in 2010. That figure reflects the constant increase in the volume of European Union litigation. Attention should be drawn also to another strong trend in 2010: the overall reduction in the duration of proceedings.

In 2010 the Court of Justice had 631 new cases brought before it, which amounts to a very significant increase compared with 2009 (562 new cases) and constitutes the highest number of cases brought in the Court’s history. The situation is identical as regards references for a preliminary ruling. In 2010 the number of references for a preliminary ruling submitted was, for the second year in succession, the highest ever reached and it exceeded the number in 2009 by 27.4% (385 cases in 2010 compared with 302 cases in 2009).

The Court completed 574 cases in 2010, a slight decrease compared with the previous year (588 cases completed in 2009).

So far as concerns the duration of proceedings, the statistics prove very positive. In the case of references for a preliminary ruling, the average duration amounted to 16.1 months. A comparative analysis covering the entire period for which the Court has reliable statistical data shows that the average time taken to deal with references for a preliminary ruling reached its shortest in 2010. The average time taken to deal with direct actions and appeals was 16.7 months and 14.3 months respectively (compared with 17.1 months and 15.4 months in 2009).

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