Conferences to the superior court of luxembourg: dematerialization of justice and training of legal professionals, european national priorities

Friday, November 14, judicial officers of Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg and Poland gathered in the Superior Court of Luxembourg to reflect on two key issues for the profession: the dematerialization of civil procedures and training for legal professionals especially in European law.

Conference on “the Judicial Officers/ Bailiffs involvement in the paperless justice” 
Superior Court of Justice in Luxembourg (9.30-12.30)

Patrick Sannino, Jeannot Nies and Patrick Safar

With the approach of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July-December 2015), Luxembourg has created a steering committee to analyze the tools and the laws in force in the Member States and at European level in terms of e-Justice.

In this context, the Chamber of bailiffs of Luxembourg and the European Chamber of Bailiffs decided to organize a conference to present the actions implemented by bailiffs for dematerialization of civil proceedings.
-The first round table on "the bailiff at the heart of electronic communication" showcased the platform of cross-border service (EJS), through which the bailiffs exchange acts and forms securely in accordance with the EU Regulation 1393/2007 on the service of documents in civil and commercial matters.

The European project e-CODEX, supported by the Ministries of Justice of the Member States, will soon offer the opportunity to all citizens or companies to submit dematerialized applications regarding European order for payment or small claims

- During the second round table on "the bailiff at the heart of dematerialization in the Member States", representatives of National Chambers of Bailiffs of France, Belgium and Hungary presented successively electronic tools they developed to facilitate the practice of bailiffs.
Patrick Safar and Gabriele Mecarelli stressed the effectiveness of seizures conducted through the vehicle registration system, the usefulness of the National Register of bank accounts and related financial statements and the development of the service by electronic means which is based on the award of a digital identity to the recipients.

The server of seizures, set up by the Belgian Chamber, which allows online access (for a fee) the different seizures that were performed on the defendant’s assets, caught the attention of bailiffs in the room.

Finally, the Hungarian judicial officers explained the procedures of their sales online auction platform.

In closing of the discussion, the President Sannino stressed the importance of establishing legal rules specific to electronic communications in compliance with data protection and ensuring the certainty of exchanges provided by the bailiff, trusted third party.

He highlighted that "bailiffs are as professional guarantors of legal certainty of trade, by their intervention in the transmission of these dematerialized data and their processing."

Closing conference of the European funding of EJL project (e-learning training of judicial officers) on « the training of legal professionals: a priority for the European cooperation »
Superior Court of justice of Luxembourg (14h-17h)

EJL project, co-funded by the European Union for a period of 2 years (January 2013-December 2014) completed its first phase of development. Designed to train the bailiffs to European instruments in civil and commercial matters, EJL project helped create interactive teaching modules accessible via the e-learning platform EJL.
The conference, which took place on 14 November in Luxembourg on "training of legal professionals: a priority for European cooperation," enabled to showcase the educational modules and activities (quizzes, mindmaps, videos) available on EJL platform, but also to consider the issues of training of legal professionals in EU law.

EJL project

Aware of the need to train European bailiffs to instruments related to the construction of a European area of justice in civil and commercial matters, the National Chambers of bailiffs of Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg and Poland created EJL project to meet that need.

EJL offers comprehensive training, quality, easily accessible via an e-learning platform on European instruments that bailiffs use in their daily practice.
Specifically, each teaching module consists of:
- A general part with the European regulations of cooperation in civil and commercial matters;
- Specific parts on the detailed implementation of these regulations (practical aspects and jurisprudence) at the national level in each of the member states of EJL consortium. In addition, a specific section is devoted to the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Bailiffs can discover and deepen interactively, their knowledge through e-learning modules (mindmaps, videos, annotation classes ...). They have the ability to assess, at any time, by answering questions quizzes that are offered.

EJL project receives co-funding from the European Union for a period of two years from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014 and will continue in the framework of the European Chamber of Bailiffs, which will ensure its promotion, maintenance and regular updating.

• Closing Conference on "Training of legal professionals: a priority for European cooperation"

 The conference on November,14,  in Luxembourg brought together both teaching professionals (Gilles Cuniberti, University of  Law in Luxembourg, Peter Goldschmidt - European Training Centre EIPA) and legal professionals alongside Regina Hernández Escriva, representative of the Directorate General Justice of the European Commission responsible for matters relating to training in Europe.

The two round tables devoted respectively to (i) challenges of training of legal professionals and (ii) in European projects in the service of the training of legal professionals, allowed:
 - To Consider existing constraints to date to provide training in European law to the greatest number of professionals responsible for cross-border litigation and discuss electronic tools to meet (in whole or part) that need (especially e-learning);
 - To Present the achievements of the legal professionals (bailiffs, notaries, judges from the Ministry of Justice of France, registrars) in the framework of projects co-financed by the European Commission, to improve training on European cooperation instruments in civil and commercial matters.
The presentation of the different features and modules of EJL platform aroused keen interest from people in the audience, especially because of its sleek design and intuitive use.
The President Sannino recalled, at the beginning of the conference that "the consolidation of a legal culture common to legal professionals in the European Union is essential for the functioning of the European area of justice. However,the materialisation of such an aspiration passes - and this is my conviction - through the development of an educational common core, through the creation of a genuine judicial training common to all Member States of the Union European ".