January 9th, 2017 § § permalink
Last December, the European Commission published its fifth report on training for legal practitioners. As far as lawyers are concerned, the Report notes, inter alia:
- In 2015, more than 124 000 legal practitioners (judges, prosecutors, court staff, lawyers, bailiffs and notaries) as well as trainees of these professional groups took part in training activities on EU law or on the national law of another Member State.
- The ratio of practitioners participating in continuous training activities on EU law and on judicial systems of another Member State to all existing practitioners per profession is approximately: (…) 5 % (37 337) of all lawyers in private practice in the respondent Member States; (…)
- The numbers regarding the training of lawyers per Member State often offer only a partial picture: private training providers not connected to the Bar seldom contributed with data, although in some Member States lawyers rely on them in significant numbers. Sometimes, data have been available only for certain regions of a Member State or a certain type of lawyer.
- According to the available data, this target [5% = minimum needed per year to reach the 2020 target of training half of the practitioners on EU law] is currently reached only for a minority of Member States.
The ‘Advice for Training Providers’, which was published by the European Commission last year, is now available in all EU languages, click here. The Advice contains a collection of practical tips with examples for all training providers that can be of help when conceiving and organizing their training activities.
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.
November 3rd, 2015 § § permalink
Advice for training providers
In the pursuit of improving co-operation and trust in the European Area of Justice, the European Commission has published its ‘Advice for Training Providers’ (links to a PDF). The advice covers rather practical matters such as assessing training needs, who should train and the frequency and duration of such training. It then moves on to advise regarding topics, types of training activities, training methodologies and cross-professional training. It also offers guidance on evaluation, assessment, dissemination and elearning as well as a section on cross-border and legal language training.
Throughout there are links to best practice examples and at the end there are further links to useful documents. European judicial training – Advice for training providers
September 8th, 2015 § § permalink
On 29-30 October 2015 the European Commission conference will hold a conference in Brussels dedicated to the training of court staff and bailiffs. The conference should help in identifying areas for improvement in the training of these professions, and encourage cooperation between their respective training providers.
The chair of the CCBE Training committee, Pier Giovanni Traversa, will participate in the conference to speak about the work of the CCBE Training committee, and the European Commission funded projects relating to lawyers, i.e. the European Training Platform and the Study on training of lawyers in European Union law.
For more information see European Commission: European Judicial Training – conference webpage.