Commercial Court judges
IN FRANCE, THE JUDGES THAT RULE ON COMMERCIAL MATTERS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE ARE COMPANY OWNERS ELECTED BY THEIR PEERS. THEY EXERCISE THEIR DUTIES ON an UNPAID, VOLUNTARY BASIS. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC COMMERCIAL JUSTICE SYSTEM MEETS THE NEEDS OF BUSINESSES AND OTHER ECONOMIC STAKEHOLDERS, THE NATIONAL SCHOOL FOR THE JUDICIARY (ENM) PROVIDES BOTH INITIAL AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING TO THESE NON-PROFESSIONAL JUDGES. THE ENM HAS BEEN TRAINING THEM SINCE 2003 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF COMMERCIAL COURT JUDGES (CONFÉRENCE GÉNÉRALE DES JUGES CONSULAIRES DE FRANCE) AND IS THE SOLE ORGANISER OF THESE COURSES, AS PROVIDED FOR BY DECREE No. 2018-664 OF 27 JULY 2018 ON THE INITIAL AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING OF COMMERCIAL COURT JUDGES. IT IS THE SCHOOL'S SPECIALIST PROFESSIONAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT THAT PROVIDES THEIR TRAINING.
INITIAL AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR COMMERCIAL COURT JUDGES BECAME MANDATORY ON 1 NOVEMBER 2018.
Initial training – 6 modules over 8 days
In-service training courses – 1 to 2 days
Run by the ENM, these courses may either be specially for commercial court judges or they may also be open to professional judges and even other participants. They take place in Paris or in the regions.
Practical internships officially validated as in-service training are also organised in the commercial divisions of the courts of appeal and with the commercial, financial and economic division of the Court of Cassation.