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Better applying European cross-border procedures: legal and language training for court staff in Europe

Under the Justice Programme 2014-2020, ERA is implementing in partnership with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) and the support of 23 national judicial training institutions from 19 Member States, a pilot project tackling the deficiencies of court staff training on European law.

Contrary to other professions involved in the justice systems, court staff is not directly targeted at EU level when it comes to training. One of the main problems with providing training activities for this profession is the fact that each Member State has different types of court staff. There is a wide diversity of educational background, responsibilities and specific roles of the court staff in each country. For a long time there has been an overall lack of awareness of the EU law aspects of court staff duties.

Objectives of the project

  • Creating a standardised training package, consisting of practical case studies and a manual on legal terminology in English, for setting up interactive seminars in the specific area of cross-border civil litigation for court staff;
  • Implementing a series of 20 legal seminars and 13 language training events around Europe, aimed at approximately 930 court staff;
  • Developing both legal and linguistic skills of court staff members and strengthening their competences in order to facilitate cross-border communication and cooperation;
  • Bringing together court staff training providers from 19 different EU Member States and providing them with a platform for exchange of best practices, sharing information and know-how;
  • Ensuring a widespread future use of the training package by making it available in various official languages of the EU and by distributing it to all interested stakeholders.


For more information on the project approach and the chosen methodology to achieve the project objectives, please consult the Methodology.

You may find detailed information on the topics, dates and locations of the planned seminar series under Calendar of activities.

The entire training package of developed training materials in all available language versions will be uploaded and made freely available under Documentation.