What type of training for bailiffs and court staff? Lisbon Conference, 23-24 February 2017

This is the crucial question addressed to the representatives of the European Ministries of Justice, the National Chambers of Bailiffs and Training structures, together with the members of the consortium[1], at the closing conference of the European project ” European Judicial Training for Court staff and Bailiffs”.


Mrs Ribeiro, State Secretary of the Directorate General of Portuguese Justice Administration, pointed out the crucial importance of training practitioners for the consolidation of the European area of justice, in order to facilitate the free movement of people, goods and services: “We have a European citizenship and we will do our best to strengthen our European feeling. We will work to strengthen cross-border cooperation in the field of justice “.


Daniel Lecrubier, President of GIP Justice International Cooperation, recalled the target set by the European Commission to train 700,000 professionals in European law by 2020 (see European Commission’s report on training 2016), and explained to what extent the activities of the European project have responded to this objective. Then, he invited the Bailiffs and Court staff to continue their constructive cooperation initiated during this European project: “ I strongly encourage all of you to continue your efforts, in particular the exchanges of experiences and best practices, to ensure that your specific roles and the training of Court staff and Bailiffs (especially in European Union law) will be valued and the cooperation placed at the heart of your actions: mutual knowledge and sharing of courts’ practices, which are acquired during meetings such as today’s, are essential to the construction of the justice in Europe and the proper implementation of the regulations negotiated and adopted in Brussels in fields of law and procedure, both civil and criminal.”


Patrick Sannino, President of the European Chamber of Bailiffs, also highlighted the challenges of training “to enhance the professionalism of Bailiffs and the quality of service provided to citizens and businesses, in the interest of a good administration of Justice and an efficient recovery of debts.


Training is also an essential vehicle to facilitate cooperation between the actors of the procedures of different Member States, whatever their status and beyond their differences. The aim of the European Chamber is to ensure that legal professionals performing the same tasks in the different Member States can get to know each other, recognize and understand each other. The will of an effective mutual understanding is the objective I am following since I am President of the European Chamber of Bailiffs ».

Like this European training project, the CEHJ will propose common training courses for different practitioners (lawyers, judges, notaries…) who are facing similar even identical problems in the implementation of European regulations.


The members of the project consortium then presented successively the achievements of the project during the last 18 months (training courses at the EIPA-Luxembourg Institute, study visits in 4 Member States, e-learning modules created by the Portuguese and the CEHJ …). The blended learning approach, combining e-learning courses in European law (available on EJL platform) and the face-to-face courses (to deepen the concepts and practical aspects), was welcomed.

Similarly, the workshop on cross-border cooperation and training underlined the advantages of e-learning (simplicity, training of a large public, costs reduced) thanks to the feedback of the Member States’ representatives, provided that it is adapted to the needs/profiles of the practitioners and that personal support is proposed (through on-line webinar seminars, forum/specific social network, face-to-face courses…).

Heiko Wagner, European Commission representative, invited the legal professionals to read the practical guide written by DG Justice, which provides valuable guidance to training organizations on the teaching tools to be used.

He also mentioned the importance to keep on exchanging between Bailiffs, Court staff and training organizations in Europe, a will shared by the consortium members and the conference participants.

The EJL Project


[1] The consortium is composed by : GIP Justice International Cooperation, operator of the Ecole Nationale des Greffes (ENG- France), the Institut européen d’administration publique (EIPA-Luxemburg),  the Centro de Estudios Jurídicos (CEJ- Spain), the Institut de Formation Judiciaire (IFJ-Belgium),  the Direção Geral da Administração da Justiça (DGAJ-Portugal) and the European Chamber of Bailiffs (CEHJ- Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Luxemburg, Italy, Scotland, Hungary, Poland, Spain).