The 2017 Report on European Judicial Training is the the sixth report on training for legal practitioners (judges, prosecutors, court staff, bailiffs, lawyers and notaries) on EU law or on the national law of another Member State. It is based on the results of a questionnaire sent in 2017 to Member States’ authorities, European networks of legal professionals and their members and the main training providers at European level regarding training of legal practitioners in 2016.
It describes the progress towards the target set by the European Commission in its 2011 Communication Building trust in EU-wide justice. A new dimension to European judicial training of ensuring that half (around 700 000) of all legal practitioners in the EU are trained on EU law or on the national law of another Member State by 2020; this is equivalent to 5 % (70 000) of all practitioners per year, on average. This objective was backed by conclusions of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in 2011 and again in 2014, where EU Member States underlined the importance of the training of legal practitioners. The European Parliament has also been a constant supporter of European judicial training, as expressed in its resolution on judicial training of 14 March 2012.