February 25th, 2016 § § permalink
On 23 February 2016, the CCBE sent a letter to the Turkish authorities supporting the Union of Turkish Bar Associations’ request to strengthen the training of lawyers in Turkey.
In Turkey, in order to become a fully-fledged lawyer, law graduates need to complete a practical traineeship of one year. There are no further requirements, such as a bar exam.
In its letter, the CCBE noted that a robust training system is of utmost importance. The lawyer cannot effectively advise or represent the client unless the lawyer has had the appropriate professional education and training. All CCBE member countries provide for rules and requirements relating to who is able to practice. In general terms, these rules relate to specifying the necessary knowledge, skills, and competences of the applicant (such as a need to pass a test or professional examination or requirements in relation to minimum training and experience) and/or are based on various requirements associated with the character of the applicant. As far as Bar exams are concerned, an EU financed study of June 2014, which was prepared in the framework of the European Parliament Pilot project on European judicial training, shows that nearly all EU countries require a bar examination.
The CCBE urged the authorities to review the training requirements for future lawyers in Turkey, noting that only a high level of competence supported by a robust training system can guarantee high-quality services.
February 22nd, 2016 § § permalink
On 17 February 2016, Tiina Astola, the new Director-General for Justice and Consumers, presented the European Judicial Training Report 2015 to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Civil Liberties Committees. She noted that the good trend of past years concerning training of legal practitioners has been maintained. The European Commission is confident that it will meet its objective of training of 700,000 legal practitioners by 2020, and may even surpass it. As far as lawyers’ training is concerned data is still missing, specifically from private training providers. The Commission hopes that the European Training Platform will deliver an additional tool to facilitate and promote training in EU law. It will allow for practitioners to look for targeted training across Europe. The European Commission has started work on including the platform to the e-Justice portal. Ms Astola emphasised that the European Commission will continue to provide financial contributions to training activities (more funding will be made available in the coming years); that it will support the improvement of the quality of training (as it has done with the publication of the Advice for Training Providers) and highlights that quick reactions should be available to match emerging needs. Reinforcing training at initial training stage is also of importance.
The presentation and discussion with MEPs can be viewed here.
For further information on the European Judicial Training Report 2015 and the Advice for Training Providers, see posts of 2/3 November 2015.
February 22nd, 2016 § § permalink
DG Justice, webpage
22 February marks the European Day for Victims of Crime.
On 16 November 2016, new EU rules entered into force for better protection for victims of crime in the EU. The objective of the new rules is that all victims of crime and their family members are recognised and treated in a respectful and non-discriminatory manner based on an individual approach tailored to the victim’s needs.
As is set out in the Implementation Handbook for Practitioners, “It is fundamental that all professionals (police officers, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, counsellors, social workers, members of NGOs, etc.) working with victims with specific protection needs receive specialised training to a level appropriate to their contact with victims as stated in Article 25 of the Victims’ Directive. The training should help professionals, at their own level, to recognise and deal with victims with specific protection needs, evaluate the impact of crime on victims, recognise coping strategies and how to identify and limit risk of re-victimisation, so as to ensure the best possible outcome for the victim at the time when the assessment is conducted”. The Handbook can be downloaded here.
February 2nd, 2016 § § permalink
As previously announced, the CCBE is organising a conference on “Training of Lawyers – Challenges and Opportunities”, on Friday 22 April 2016, in Brussels.
The final programme, along with the cost and final details will be published mid-February. Please note that the conference will be in English.
Here below is a draft programme of the conference. Please click on the programme to enlarge.
For more information about the conference, please contact Madeleine Kelleher, email@example.com
February 1st, 2016 § § permalink
It has just been announced that the 2016 HELP Annual Network Conference will be held in Strasbourg on the 16-17 June 2016. The topic this year is “the Contribution of HELP in the Harmonisation of the National Case Law”.
This conference will also see the presentation of the HELP guidebook on the Human Rights training methodology.
The event is an opportunity for members and partners of HELP to cooperate, enhance training results and to discuss how to correctly implement at national level the European Convention on Human Rights.
More information can be found here.