(EUROPEAN JUDICIAL NETWORK)

The European Judicial Network (EJN) is a network of national contact points for the facilitation of judicial co-operation in criminal matters. The network was created by the Joint Action 98/428 JHA of 29 June 1998 in order to fulfil recommendation no 21 of the Action Plan to Combat Organised Crime adopted by the Council on 28 April 1997. The EJN was the first practical structured mechanism of judicial co-operation to become truly operational.
The EJN is composed of Contact Points of the Member States, as well as of the European Commission and of a Secretariat based in The Hague. The role of contact points include;

  • Facilitating cooperation between member states
  • Providing direct contact between their competent authorities and competent authorities of other member states
  • Developing legal cooperation and providing necessary information to the relevant competent authorities
  • Coordinating legal cooperation

National contact points are designated by each Member State among Central authorities in charge of international judicial co-operation, judicial authorities and other competent authorities with specific responsibilities in the field of international judicial co-operation, both in general and for certain forms of serious crime, such as organized crime, corruption, drug trafficking or terrorism.
The appointment of contact points takes place according to the constitutional rules, legal traditions and internal structure of each country. The only condition is that it provides effective coverage for all forms of crimes throughout the country. The result is the existence of more than 300 national contact points throughout the 27 Member States.
Among the Contact Points, each Member State shall designate a National Correspondent. A tool correspondent shall be also appointed by each Member State, to deal with the matters related to the electronic tools of the EJN.
The impact of European Judicial Network is increasing together with legal cooperation. For European Arrest Warrant, Judicial Network Contact Points are applied to and requests can be made through Judicial Network.

 

 
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