Court Staff and Bailiffs’ Training

European Judicial Training for Court Staff and Bailiffs

This project is co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union.

In its Europe 2020 policy, the European Commission fixed the target of having 700,000 legal practitioners undertaking European judicial training by 2020. These number of participants represent half or more of all legal practitioners in the EU. In response to this challenge, the new “European Judicial Training for Court Staff and Bailiffs” project funded within the scope of the EU Justice Programme 2014-2020 was launched in September 2015.

This 2½year-project will contribute to the ambitious goal set by the EC by improving and developing court staff and bailiffs training in EU law and cross-boarder procedures. In particular, it will aim at:

  • Improving court staff & bailiff’s judicial training in EU law and cross-border procedure in civil, criminal and commercial law, via a series of common training courses as well as practical staff exchanges
  • Developing legal linguistic skills of court staff & bailiffs, that are indispensable to the European exchanges, via a linguistic course and the design of a e-learning platform on English terminology and the translation in English of other modules dealing with cross-border issues
  • Strengthening cooperation between training providers thanks to a major event, showcasing best practices developed within the project lifetime
  • Creating a real European area of court staff & bailiffs training by favouring mutual recognition of judgements among Member States

With a budget of €489,884, the consortium composed of the National School for Clerks (Ecole Nationale des Greffes – ENG) (France) represented by its mandated body Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI), the Centre for Legal Studies (Centro de Estudios Jurídicos – CEJ) (Spain), the Judiciary Training Institute (Institut de Formation Judiciaire – IFJ) (Belgium), the Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice (Direção Geral da Administração da Justiça – DGAJ) (Portugal), the European Institute of Public Administration’s European Centre for Judges and Lawyers (EIPA) (Luxembourg), and the European Chamber of Judicial Officers/Bailiffs (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Scotland, Hungary, Poland) (CEHJ), will join forces in order to involve all training levels and training stakeholders and create a true EU area of justice.


EIPA Luxembourg – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers

Ms Christiane Lamesch
Tel: +352 426 230 302

Training calendar

Activity 0.1 – Steering Committee Meetings

Lisbon, 2 December 2015, Steering Committee Meeting 1

Paris, 13 May 2016, Steering Committee Meeting 2

Madrid, 23-24 October 2016, Steering Committee Meeting 3


Activity 1.1 – Common training courses for staff in EU law

  1. Dijon, 29 February – 3 March 2016 for delegation from Belgium and Spain
  2. Dijon, 6-10 June 2016 for delegations from Portugal and CEHJ
  3. Lisbon, 19-23 September 2016 for delegations from France and CEHJ
  4. Brussels, 28 November – 2 December 2016 for delegations from France and CEHJ
  5. Madrid, 30 January – 3 February 2017 for delegations from France, Portugal and CEHJ


Activity 1.2 – English Legal terminology for cross-border procedure

Luxembourg, 8-11 December 2015: Legal English terminology in a National and European context

The objective of this training was to introduce court staff, clerks and bailiffs to the use of the English legal language in national and European contexts focusing on two essential aspects, terminology and texts. Participants have had the opportunity to improve their knowledge on the vocabulary of law as well as on their linguistic and communication skills.


Activity 2.1 – Training of trainers: EU cross-border litigation for court staff

Luxembourg, 25-28 April 2016: Module 1: EU judicial cooperation in civil & commercial matters

Luxembourg, 27-30 September 2016: Module 2: EU judicial Cooperation in Family & Criminal matters

The objective of this train the trainers seminar was to fine tune the participants’ practical understanding of the relevance and impact of EU legislation in their daily work and to provide for a platform for exchange of experiences, information sharing and professional networking.


Activity 3.1 – Meeting of training providers from 28 EU Member States

Lisbon, 23-24 February 2017