In cooperation with the Academy of European Law (ERA), EJTN hosted a language seminar for court staff and bailiffs in European criminal law from 29 November to 1 December 2023. Organised in the framework of the project “Court staff and bailiffs’ training in European civil and criminal law”, co-funded by the European Union, the seminar comprised English language training and training on several European criminal justice instruments.
For two and a half days, participants expanded their knowledge and skills switching between sessions on legal English language and sessions covering legal matters, such as mutual legal assistance in criminal matters in the EU, the European arrest warrant, the European investigative order and the freezing and confiscation of assets in the EU.
In the context of this project, the EJTN will continue to host three additional training activities in 2024 on the topics of European cross-border civil and criminal procedures coupled with legal English language classes. The next EJTN-ERA training event for court staff will take place from 5 to 7 February and will be held under the theme European Cross-Border Civil Procedures, Legal English for Court Staff and Bailiffs. In line with the methodology used for the first seminar, participants will rotate between sessions on legal English and sessions on EU civil law matters.
In addition to trainings developing legal and language skills , participants can discover a wide range of EJTN training opportunities open to court and prosecution staff in the EJTN Online Training Catalogue, an online tool to explore training and exchanges activities suited to their areas of interest and profiles.
About the project
Under the EU’s Justice Programme 2021-2027, EJTN and ERA are implementing a new training project for court staff and bailiffs in partnership with the Belgian Judicial Training Institute (IGO-IFJ), the Bulgarian National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the Romanian National School of Clerks (NSC).
The project also receives the support of 13 national judicial training institutions and the European Union of Judicial Officers (UEHJ).
Recent studies and reports show that court staff and bailiffs receive insufficient training in EU law. Building on the knowledge and experience gained from the implementation of previous court staff training projects, and following the recommendations made in the recent “Study on the training needs of court staff on EU law in the EU”, EJTN, ERA and the other consortium members will address the deficiencies of court staff and bailiffs’ training by adopting a modern and practical approach to EU judicial training and by developing coherent and innovative training packages.
- Leaflet – Court staff and bailiffs’ training in European civil and criminal law
- Project site – Court staff and bailiffs’ training in European civil and criminal law