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European Judicial Network

European Judicial Network

The European Judicial Network, created in 1998, is composed of Contact Points in the Member States, designated by each Member State among central authorities in charge of international judicial cooperation and the judicial authorities or other competent authorities with specific responsibilities in the field of international judicial cooperation.

The main role of the EJN Contact Points is to facilitate judicial cooperation in criminal matters between the EU Member States, particularly in actions to combat forms of serious crime. To this end, they assist with establishing direct contacts between competent authorities and by providing legal and practical information necessary to prepare an effective request for judicial cooperation or to improve judicial cooperation in general.

Moreover, the EJN Contact Points are involved in and promote the organisation of training sessions on judicial cooperation.

Among the EJN Contact Points, each Member State has designated a National Correspondent, who has a coordinating role. Each Member State also has a Tool Correspondent, who ensures that the information on the EJN website is provided and updated, including the electronic tools of the EJN.

The EJN has a Secretariat located at Eurojust in The Hague, as a separate unit responsible for the administration of the EJN. The EJN Secretariat ensures the functioning and continuity of the network.

EJN website and operation tools

One of the main achievements of the EJN is its website, which provides practitioners, both within the European Union and beyond, with practical e-tools that aid and support judicial cooperation. While the primary aim of the tools is to facilitate direct contacts between judicial authorities from EU Member States, the tools also contain useful information and assistance regarding cooperation with third countries and other judicial networks. For an overview of each tool, click on the relevant sub-links in the left navigation bar, or visit the EJN website directly.