Networks in the field of criminal justice

The following listing (work in progress) seeks to capture networks and forums in the area of European criminal justice cooperation. In light of the varied degree of formalisation and flexible range of participants, a distinction is made between networks that are associated to the EU and other European networks. Individual descriptions, in so far as available, are derived from the self-presentation of the respective networks (webpage) or official documents. Feedback is welcome!

EU-focused Networks:

Consultative Forum of Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions (Eurojust)

The main goals of the Consultative Forum are to: Allow the Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions of the EU Member States to share experience and best practice in investigating and prosecuting serious and organised crime, in the use of investigation techniques, as well as in judicial cooperation in criminal matters and the use of mutual recognition instruments; Discuss any relevant EU legislative and policy initiatives, assess their impact on the work of prosecutorial authorities, and address common conclusions to the EU institutions; Provide expert judicial input and actively contribute to the development and implementation of the EU Internal Security Strategy.

European Judicial Network (EJN)

The European Judicial Network (EJN) is a network of national contact points for the facilitation of judicial co-operation in criminal matters.

Eurojust National Coordination System (eurojust national corredspondents)

The goal of the Eurojust National Coordination System (ENCS) is to co-ordinate the work of national authorities and Eurojust. The national correspondents for Eurojust shall be responsible for the functioning of the ENCS. The ENCS facilitates, within each Member State, the carrying out of the tasks of Eurojust and inter alia helps to ensure that the Case Management System of Eurojust receives information related to the Member States concerned in an efficient and reliable manner.

Network of National Experts on Joint Investigation Teams (JITs)

The aim of the JITs Network, consisting of at least one National Expert per Member State, is to facilitate the work of practitioners in the Member States. The JITs Network primarily encourages the use of JITs. Moreover, the JITs Network facilitates the setting up of teams, helps in the sharing of experience and best practice and assists practitioners in the various Member States with legislative, administrative and operational aspects relating to the establishment of JITs.

Actors & Agencies

Eurojust

Eurojust stimulates and improves the coordination of investigations and prosecutions between the competent authorities in the Member States and improves the cooperation between the competent authorities of the Member States, in particular by facilitating the execution of international mutual legal assistance and the implementation of extradition requests. Eurojust supports in any way possible the competent authorities of the Member States to render their investigations and prosecutions more effective when dealing with cross-border crime.