The functioning of the EJN in Spain
In Spain, under Article 33 of Law 16/2015 of 7 July 2015 regulating the status of Spain’s national member in Eurojust, conflicts of jurisdiction, international judicial cooperation networks and staff of the Ministry of Justice posted abroad, the appointment and removal of the Spanish contact points for the international judicial cooperation networks, under the terms of the rules setting them up, falls to the Ministry of Justice.
The appointment must be made from among people with proven experience in international legal cooperation and good command of English or French, as applicable, and must ensure, at least, representation of the judiciary, the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Ministerio Fiscal) and the Ministry of Justice. To this end, it is the responsibility of the General Council of the Judiciary (Consejo General del Poder Judicial) and the Prosecutor General (Fiscal General del Estado) to propose to the Minister of Justice the appointment and removal of the contact points for the relevant professions. The status of contact point ends as soon as the person concerned stops working for the institution that proposed their appointment. This must be notified to the Ministry of Justice, which must inform the Network's Secretariat.
The Spanish contact points for the international judicial cooperation networks are active intermediaries with the task of facilitating cooperation between the judicial authorities of the different States. They are available to the relevant Spanish authorities, as well as all the other contact points, providing them with the legal and practical information necessary to improve judicial cooperation. The Spanish contact points must forward annually the statistical data regarding their activity to the institution to which they belong.
In Spain, the Network contact points are located in the Ministry of Justice, the General Council of the Judiciary and the Prosecutor General's Office (Fiscalía General del Estado). There are currently eight contact points, distributed as follows:
In Spain, the Directorate-General for International Legal Cooperation, Relations with Religious Groups and Human Rights (Dirección General de Cooperación Jurídica Internacional, Relaciones con las Confesiones y Derechos Humanos) of the Ministry of Justice is the central authority in the field of international judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.
Spain already has a legal provision requiring that prominent liaison magistrates of a Member State of the European Union become contact points of the European Judicial Network and act as contact points under Article 34 of Law 16/2015 of 7 July 2015. This status ends when their status as liaison magistrates ends. Spain has appointed a Liaison Magistrate in the following countries: France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Other judicial or administrative authorities with responsibility for judicial cooperation
In Spain the following internal mechanisms with responsibility for international legal cooperation are in force:
In Spain there are the following professional associations representing legal professionals which directly contribute to the application of Union acts and international legal instruments regarding judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters:
Information about the Network
The Spanish Ministry of Justice – informing on International Legal Cooperation and International Judicial Assistance – provides a link on its website to that of the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters, available at: http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/cs/Satellite/Portal/es/area-internacional/cooperacion-juridica/auxilio-judicial-internacional
The General Council of the Judiciary in Spain provides information on the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters on its website http://www.poderjudicial.es/cgpj/es/Temas/Redes-Judiciales/Otras-redes-judiciales/Red-Judicial-Europea-Civil-y-Mercantil/, where there are also links to the European Judicial Atlas in civil and commercial matters, as well as to the European e-Justice Portal.
The Prosecutor General's Office provides information on the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters on its website https://www.fiscal.es/fiscal/publico/ciudadano/fiscal_especialista/cooperacion_internacional/enlaces/!ut/p/a1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOI9HT0cDT2DDbzcfSzcDBzdPYOdTD08jE28jYAKIoEKDHAARwN8-oNdYfpxKLAIMiHOfjwWENAfrh-FTwnYBWAF-LyIzwR_PzP9gtzQ0AiDTE8AQ426Eg!!/dl5/d5/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS80SmlFL1o2X0lBSEExSVMwSkdMOEYwQUdJU0I1SEgzSzky/
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