Council Debates Impact of Judicial Training on Rule of Law
At their meeting on 13 October 2022, the Minister of Justice of the EU Member States discussed a note from the Czech Council Presidency that deals with judicial training and its impact on access to justice in the context of the rule of law. The note stresses the link between initial and continuing judicial high-quality training and the rule of law as demonstrated, for instance, in the EU Justice Scoreboard (→ eucrim2/2022, 86-87 with references to the scoreboards of previous years).
Ministers debated on the ways to ensure a high level of participation by judges in continuing training and the assessment regarding the impact and effectiveness of participation. In this context, Ministers highlighted the existence of national training schools, as well as the participation of judges in European trainings and exchanges. They also discussed links between the participation in continuing judicial training and the career development of judges. They stated that they have not experienced tensions between the participation of judges in judicial training and their independence.