Training foreign judges and prosecutors

EACH YEAR BETWEEN 3,000 AND 4,000 FOREIGN TRAINEES, JUDGES OR PROSECUTORS, TAKE PART IN AN ENM TRAINING COURSE, EITHER IN FRANCE OR IN THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. THESE COURSES ENABLE THEM BOTH TO ACQUIRE TECHNICAL SKILLS AND TO ENHANCE THEIR CAPACITY TO REFLECT ON THE MISSIONS AND ISSUES AROUND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THEIR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES. THEY ARE RUN BY THE ENM AS PROVIDED FOR BY ORDER No. 58-1270 OF 22 DECEMBER 1958.

The training courses developed by the ENM that are open to foreign judges and prosecutors aim, beyond the specific judicial theme they deal with, to facilitate the sharing of professional practices, with a view to the necessary creation of a shared judicial culture. Discovering a foreign judicial system and the exchanges between practitioners can also help participants to see their own system in a different light.

In-service training – 2 days to 2 months

Each year a catalogue of some fifty different training sessions and courses is offered to foreign judges and prosecutors. These are either training courses intended mainly for French judges and prosecutors in which foreign counterparts can take part alongside them on an immersion basis, or training courses designed for judges and prosecutors from different countries who share a common problem. Justice and forensic medicine, international cooperation, cybercrime, legal liability protection and contract law, intellectual property, family disputes and international law or the judicial handling of terrorism are among the topics covered.

The initial training course – 10 months

For many years, the ENM has offered foreign trainee judges and prosecutors the chance to follow an initial training cycle in France, alongside French trainee judges and prosecutors. The foreign trainees complete the entire training period at the ENM in Bordeaux, as well as some of the internships in courts and with judicial partners. They take all the assessment examinations, except the ranking examination, to validate their training. Admission to this cycle is selective, and foreign trainees must take an examination to ensure they have the requisite legal knowledge and a good enough command of French before being accepted.

European seminars

Every year, over twenty events lasting from two days to one month are organised by the International Department at the request of foreign countries and as part of projects co-funded by the European Commission. Juvenile delinquency, cross-border divorce, respect for fundamental rights in police custody, cross-border insolvency proceedings, the judicial response to terrorism are some of the topics covered.

Custom training courses

The ENM's training department is able to organise tailored training programmes for countries with specific needs. The dedicated teams at the School have already organised courses on topics as varied as an introduction to the French justice system, the management of major sporting events, the enforcement of civil rulings, instructional engineering, the structure of the judicial authority in France or the reinforcement of the judicial capacities of the judicial training institute. These sessions may be held either in France or in the country concerned.
The ENM is also able to organise an initial training cycle in France specially for trainee judges and prosecutors from countries that do not have their own judicial training institute. This is the case for Luxembourg's future judges and prosecutors, who have been trained at the ENM for over twenty years.