Welcome to the EJN website and its tools

Welcome to the website of the European Judicial Network in Criminal matters (EJN), a website dedicated to actors in the field of international judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The EJN is a network of contact points for the facilitation of the cooperation and for the establishment of direct contacts between the judicial authorities in the EU Member States. The EJN website offers the appropriate e-tools required for the functioning of the network and for the facilitation of the cooperation. The website also contains other practical information, including on the cooperation with EU candidate and associated countries and other third countries and judicial networks. EJN Contact Points, prosecutors, judges and other legal professionals will find valuable information and tools on this site.

Judicial Atlas

The Judicial Atlas is the most frequently consulted tool. It identifies the competent authority to which to send a request for judicial cooperation from one EU Member State to another. The process leading to this identification is different between the Member States and can depend on various aspects: the crime involved, the stage of proceedings, legal instrument used as legal basis, issuing (requesting) state, etc. When applicable, also geographical information can be introduced, enabling the Atlas to identify the competent authority for specific regions within the Member State. Finding this information can be a time-consuming task and requires knowledge of all national legal systems, but with the Judicial Atlas the information rolls out with a few mouse-clicks!

Fiches Belges

Whereas the Atlas gives detailed information on the authorities to send requests to, the Fiches Belges section of the EJN site gives practical information on the specificities of the many measures that can be requested – both in the framework of Mutual Legal Assistance and Mutual Recognition Instruments. The information on this section helps practitioners to verify the applicability of a certain measure for a specific Member State, what languages can be used when drafting the request, and other particularities that need to be respected when issuing a request.


The Compendium gives support for drafting requests for judicial cooperation. It guides the practitioners through the form used for the request, ensuring that all required information is inserted. The Compendium also helps the practitioner to manage translations of requests; in most cases the request needs to be translated into a language accepted by the requested Member State in order for that Member State to be able to accept and perform/execute the request.

Judicial Library

The Library is the source of information on all legal instruments applicable within the European Union relevant for judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It contains the full text, amending acts and consolidated versions, forms and other information related to the EU legislative acts in this field (Framework Decisions, Directives etc.). In addition, there are links to the data bases of the Council of Europe and United Nations Treaties Offices.

EJN Registry

Where the Judicial Library focuses on legal documents within the EU context, the EJN Registry contains documents specific to the EJN: minutes of meetings, presentations, EJN publications, etc. Information in the Registry and the Judicial Library is open to the public, with the former containing also password protected documents that are specifically aimed at Contact Points.

Contact Points

The EJN Contact Points section of the website contains contact details of over 400 EJN Contact Points. Given the nature of the section, it is password protected. Access is normally provided to the judiciary in the Member States and can be gained either through the EJN Contact points in the respective Member State or via the EJN Secretariat.

Cooperation with third countries and judicial networks

The EJN's primary focus is on judicial cooperation between the Member State, but it has established cooperation agreements beyond the European Union. In the section on the cooperation with third countries and judicial networks practical information can be found on countries outside of the EU and on other judicial networks established on a global scale. Also contact information of Contact Persons in many of the countries can be consulted (as with the EJN Contact Points, these details are password protected).

Additional sections

The EJN website contains many more sections that will be of interest for you. The site gives an overview of upcoming EJN meetings in the "Events" section, follows the latest developments in the "News" section, has several pages on the EJN itself, and much more. We invite you to browse and discover the website and hope you find the information you are looking for!

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