Advancing e-Justice

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

  • EJTN participated in the recent Working Party on e-Law (e-Justice) (Cooperation Mechanism) at the Council of the EU.
  • The Working Party examined a wide range of issues and aspects of e-Justice, including the benefits of using e-systems in judicial training.    

EJTN was honoured to participate in the recent Working Party on e-Law (e-Justice) (Cooperation Mechanism) on 30 June, 2017 in Brussels. The event brought together representatives from all EU Member States and included envoys from Europe’s key judicial stakeholders.

The day opened with a general introduction on e-Justice by the Maltese Presidency of the EU followed by a look ahead toward aspects and issues of e-Justice under the Estonian Presidency of the EU.

The Working Party then continued with over a dozen key judicial organisations presenting their respective organisations, projects, plans and tools, which were grouped under the themes of law identifiers, IT tools, cooperation with Third States, websites, ongoing projects and practitioners-developed tools

Within the practitioners-developed tools theme, EJTN provided a comprehensive presentation of its rich array of Learning e-Tools. An overview to EJTN and its accomplishments were first presented and one of EJTN’s 9 Judicial Training Principles, stressing the need for judicial training to be active and modern, was highlighted. 

Forefront of judicial training
EJTN constantly strives to be at the forefront of active and modern judicial training by providing robust e-tools, platforms, channels, systems and resources designed to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and information, increase engagement and bolster administrative efficiencies.

EJTN’s databases include a searchable course database to help the judiciary efficiently identify beneficial training opportunities. EJTN’s Expert’s Database is a searchable tool used by EJTN’s Membership to locate topic experts in given areas. EJTN’s EC Calls Platform publishes information about open calls and allows for EJTN’s Members to discuss calls and potentially form a consortium to answer a given open call.

The recently unveiled Methodologies and Resources Database is a searchable pan-European collection of a wide variety of judicial training-related resources produced by EJTN, its Members and other stakeholders. 

On-demand knowledge
Apart from databases, EJTN offers self-standing eLearning courses freely open to all along with on-demand podcast collections encompassing 63 individual podcast sessions from across a wide spectrum of legal topics. In 2017, EJTN unveiled its pilot webinars programme, with two of the three pilot webinars being held in the spring of this year.

EJTN’s venerated Exchange Programme has been successfully using a multifaceted online tool to handle all aspects of the programme: electronic applications; participant selection; post-exchange reimbursement claims; feedback surveys; and, completion certificate issuance.    

Naturally, EJTN also actively communicates through its website, which is the hub for EJTN’s e-tools, platforms and resources. Various social media channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube enjoy a vigorous following.

Addressing the opportunities and challenges of judicial training is at the heart of EJTN’s efforts to continue developing a broad range of e-systems, which will enhance cooperation, coordination and cost efficiencies.