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 EU legal instruments, other international legal instruments to which Portugal is a party or 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 twelve members:
The Central Authorities
Of the above-mentioned members, the following are central authorities or entities competent to perform certain tasks provided for in EU law:
Directorate-General for Justice Administration – Ministry of Justice
Directorate-General for Rehabilitation and Prison Services - Ministry of Justice
Institute of Registry Offices and Notaries – Ministry of Justice
Social Security Institute – Ministry of Solidarity and Social Security (Ministério da Solidariedade e da Segurança Social)
Committee for the Protection of Victims of Crime - Ministry of Justice
Coordination of the National Network in a non-hierarchical structure
In Portugal, the national network has a non-hierarchical 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 the application of EU law requires changes to be made to the national system, meetings are held that are restricted to 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.
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