European judicial officers’ e-learning

The European Commission has granted, in the context of the call for proposals Civil Justice (JUST/2011-2012/JCIV/AG), a co-funding for a period of two years to the EJL project (European Judicial officers’ E-learning) which aims at creating an e-learning platform for all the judicial officers / enforcement officers of the 27 Member States of the European Union.

The EJL partnership (composed of the national representative bodies of Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, but also of the French National School of Procedure with the support of French National School of Magistracy) will create training interactive modules about the European instruments used by judicial officers in their daily practice, namely :

Introduction to European private law court;

  1. The jurisdiction (Brussels I Regulation, Brussels II, Brussels II bis);
  2. The service of documents in Europe (Regulation 1393/2007);
  3. The procedure of European Account Preservation Order ;
  4. The enforcement of judgments (the Brussels I Regulation, European Enforcement);
  5. European order for payment/Small claims;
  6. Regulation on maintenance obligations.

More precisely, each module would be set in two parts:

  • the general part, translated into all the languages of the European Union, in order to explain the impact of European regulations in the bailiffs/judicial officers’ activities;
  • the specific part, in which each Member State partner would complete the general part by specifying the types of implementation in domestic law / national specificities for each rule.

The EJL project fits with the priorities “Justice” of the European Union, as defined by the Stockholm Program for 2010-2014 and the Commission Communication of 13 September 2011 “Building trust in  EU-wide Justice- a new dimension to European judicial training “.

The objective set by the European Commission is to “To train half of the legal practitioners in the European Union by 2020 is a shared challenge. It will best be tackled by building on the strengths and experience of existing structures, actors and networks whether national or European.

The philosophy of the EJL project meets with this logic, since it aims at pooling expertise of different partners to develop practical modules responding to the needs of professionals of enforcement.