The Spanish Judicial School depends on the General Council of the Judiciary. As a constitutional body, the General Council received, by the law 16/94 the responsibility for the selection and training of judges.
The school has two locations, one in Barcelona for initial training, international programmes and direction, and one in Madrid for continuous training. The Director is senior judge Gema Espinosa.
The selection process currently consists of three exercises, one written and two orals. The average preparation time is of more than four years after the university law degree. The initial training for those who have passed the public competition entry exams consists of two phases: the first one is a theoretical/practical phase of 9 months in the venue of Barcelona and the second consists of internships in jurisdiction (9 months). A special feature of the Judicial School is to have a team of full-time trainers ( judges, jurists or university professors). Many outside collaborators, such as judges, lawyers and experts intervene in the School throughout the year.
The Law for the Judiciary provides that the General council must guarantee that all the judges receive individual, specialised, high-quality continuous training. The training actions are currently based on three main pillars: The State Plan, decentralised programmes, and on-line training.
The school has an international vocation; more than two thousand jurists and judges from Iberoamerica have followed our training programmes.
Escuela Judicial Consejo General del Poder Judicial
Ctra Vallvidrera 43-45
Tel: +34 93 406 7300/7301
Fax: +34 93 406 9264
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