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About the network

Portugal
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European Judicial Network
European Judicial Network (in civil and commercial matters)

The contact point

Portugal has designated a contact point for the EJN-civil (European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters). The contact point is a judge appointed by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (Conselho Superior da Magistratura) by means of a competition.

The national network

The national network is made up of: central authorities in accordance with the EU legal instruments, other international legal instruments to which Portugal is a party or in national legal provisions in the area of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters; administrative authorities with responsibilities in the area of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters; and professional associations that represent legal professionals directly involved in the enforcement of international and EU instruments relating to judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

The national network does not comprise liaison judges or experts.

National members of the network

In addition to the contact point, the national structure of the network comprises eleven members:

  • Directorate-General for Justice Policy (Direcção-Geral da Política de Justiça)
  • Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice (Direcção-Geral da Administração da Justiça)
  • Directorate-General for Prison Services and Reintegration (Direcção-Geral de Reinserção e Serviços Prisionais)
  • Institute of Registration and Notary Affairs (Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado, I.P.)
  • Institute of Financial Management and Infrastructure of Justice (Instituto de Gestão Financeira e Equipamentos da Justiça, I.P.)
  • Council of Justices of the Peace (Conselho dos Julgados de Paz)
  • Social Security Institute (Instituto de Segurança Social, I.P.)
  • Victim Protection Commission (Comissão de Protecção às Vítimas de Crimes)
  • Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados)
  • Solicitors and Enforcement Agents Association (Ordem dos Solicitadores e dos Agentes de Execução)
  • Notary Association (Ordem dos Notários)

The central authorities

Of the above mentioned members, the following are central authorities:

Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice - Ministry of Justice (Ministério da Justiça)

  • Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 of 18/12/2008
  • Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 of 13/11/2000
  • Regulation (EC) No 1206/2001 of 28/5/2001
  • Hague Convention of 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters
  • Hague Convention of 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters
  • Hague Convention of 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance
  • The New York Convention of 1956 on the Recovery Abroad of Maintenance

Directorate-General for Prison Services and Reintegration - Ministry of Justice

  • Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27/11/2003
  • Hague Convention of 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • Hague Convention of 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children

Institute of Registration and Notary Affairs – Ministry of Justice

  • Regulation (EU) No 650/2012 of 4/7/ 2012

Social Security Institute – Ministry for Solidarity and Social Security (Ministério da Solidariedade e da Segurança Social)

  • Directive 2003/8/EC of 27/1/2003

Victim Protection Commission - Ministry of Justice

  • Directive 2004/80/EC of 29/4/2004

Coordination of the national network in a decentralised structure

In Portugal, the national network has a decentralised structure. Coordination, which is ensured by the contact point, is based on voluntary cooperation between national members. National members regularly participate in quarterly meetings organised by the contact point. Whenever there is the need to clarify or solve a specific issue, meetings are organised with the national members concerned.

The network does not comprise experts. If an issue requires the opinion of an expert, the contact point requests the cooperation of the most appropriate national authority on a voluntary and informal basis. All national members are regularly encouraged by the contact point to cooperate in the specific areas of their competence and responsibility in judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

Last update: 12/09/2019

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