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European Judicial Network

The European Judicial Network (EJN) promotes judicial cooperation in criminal matters between EU countries, namely through facilitating direct contacts between judicial authorities.

The network is composed of contact points in EU countries.

National contact points are designated by each country among:

  • central authorities in charge of international judicial cooperation;
  • judicial authorities; and
  • other competent authorities with specific responsibilities in the field of international judicial cooperation, both in general and for certain forms of serious crime, such as organised crime, corruption, drug trafficking and terrorism.

Founded in 1998, the EJN has privileged relations with Eurojust, based on consultation and complementarity. The EJN secretariat is based in the premises of Eurojust in The Hague.

The EJN is regulated by the Council Decision on the EJN from 16 December 2008, which replaced the Joint Action on the creation of a the EJN from 29 June 1998.

The new decision reinforced the legal status of the EJN, while keeping its 1998 spirit. It was adopted together with the new Eurojust decision.

The European Judicial Network website includes the list of contact points, practical guidelines for mutual legal assistance, information on national systems and on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).