Training labelling: EEEI, a committed partner to the training of judicial experts in Europe from 2021!

  • Recognition of the competences of judicial experts in Europe with a solid knowledge of the European legal frameworks,

Introduction

The EEEI wishes to ensure that knowledge of judicial experts is acknowledged, according to the highest standards. The experts’ knowledge on the relevant field of expertise is usually obtained via the educational systems and maintained by the professional associations. However, judicial experts must also have knowledge of the judicial system they operate in, as well as have knowledge of the impact and use of the report they produce.
The EEEI invites institutions throughout Europe to set up training programs according to the EEEI suggested Training Plan. Once labelled “content approved”, the training may be advertised, using the EEEI logo. Labelling also leads to benefits with EEEI for attendees of the training.

The EEEI hopes that expert institutions and organizations in charge of experts’ registers will, over time, add training according to this labelled “content approved” program to their threshold for experts’ registration or their permanent education program for experts and lawyers.

Training plan for Civil Procedure

Training plan for training of Judicial experts (Civil procedure)

The EEEI wishes to give guidance as to what knowledge judicial experts should have. The EEEI is of the opinion that for any judicial expert it is crucial to have adequate knowledge at his/her field of expertise, but in the same time to be aware of the legal framework the expert is operating in.
By this guidance, one of the goals is also harmonizing the way experts are trained throughout Europe.

  1. In order for an education to be labelled by the EEEI the educational program must at least consist of:
    • Civil procedural law in general and specific for judicial experts when available, formal guidelines or model documents and relevant jurisprudence. (12 contact hours)
    • Aspects of quality on the expert report: writing skills, reasoning and methodology. (6 contact hours)
    • Introduction to Civil Law and doctrines such as “breach of contract” and “wrongful act”. (6 contact hours)
    • Court training (moot court or actual court visit to actual hearing). (6 contact hours)
    • Self study material and literature. (24 hours)
  2. The teachers/lecturers must (in principle) come from the judiciary and / or from a legal profession; they always have academic training. Persons may also qualify as teachers on the basis of previously acquired competences.
  3. The literature to be studied must cover at least the parts mentioned above under 1. (Recommended literature to be decided on per institute or per country consisting of books or papers, and verdicts or jurisprudence at the choice of the lecturer.)
  4. The exam consists of a legal test and the assessment of an Expert Report drawn up by the candidate.
    • The legal test consist of taking a written legal test (based on literature to be studied), or writing a legal paper, as part of the exam.
    • The oral test consists of the questioning on an Expert Report done by the candidate.
  5. The Expert Report must meet the quality required by the judicial process and is part of the oral examination.
  6. The Examination Board must consist of at least two members, at least one of whom is attached to the judiciary as a judge.

Labelling demands that point 1 of the program deal at least with the following aspects or questions:

  • What is the role of a judicial expert in the applicable law system?
  • What are the requirements for involving the parties during the investigation and complying with Due Process demands?
  • What specific rules apply for the expert?
  • What is independence or unbiased? How do others see independence or unbiase?
  • What measures can or must an expert take to work properly on his/her mission? What are his/her responsibilities and duties?
  • What type of questions can or cannot be answered or even investigated? How to recognize improper questions. How to answer questions? How to argumentation principles. Distinction of investigation, hearing and report?
  • What is the depth and scope of a mission, considering the questions asked?
  • Do certain profession have dissenting rules to apply?

Training plan for Criminal Procedure

Training plan for training of Judicial experts (Criminal procedure)

For the criminal procedure, point 1 is replaced by

  1. In order for an education to be labelled by the EEEI the educational program must at least consist of:
  • Substantive Criminal Law. (3 contact hours)
  • Formal criminal Law. (3 contact hours)
  • Aspects of quality on the expert report: writing skills, reasoning and methodology. (6 contact hours)
  • Court training (moot court or actual court visit). (6 contact hours)
  • Self study material and literature. (24 hours)

Procedure for labelling “content approved”

Any institute organizing Trainings is eligible to apply for labelling.

Please send your request for labelling – preferably digital – with all relevant information in which the above demands to the training can clearly be found, together with general information on the Institute or training body, to

European Expertise & Expert Institute EEEI
attn of Training Program Labelling
label@experts-institute.eu

  • Application may be in French, English, German or Dutch.
  • After receiving the documents the applicant institute will receive a bill.
  • The labelling process starts after receipt of the payment.
  • The labelling process will take a maximum period of 4 weeks, after which a decision is communicated.
  • The EEEI labelling Team may request additional information, in which case the duration may is extended accordingly upon receipt of the requested information.
  • Labelling of the training program will lead to publication on the EEEI website for the duration of the labelling period of three years.
  • EEEI will inform the applicant, 6 months before the end of each term, in order to allow him to renew the audit for labelling.

Labelling costs and rules

The EEEI labelling of training programs for lawyers and/or Experts costs €500.00 (without VAT).

  • Each labelling is valid for three years. After that, renewal of the labelling is necessary, and the costs apply again, again for three years.
  • The labelling process starts after payment of the initial bill.
  • When labelled, the EEEI logo and unique reference number are supplied to the organizing institution. The logo and reference number must be mentioned on their Website and training documentation.
  • EEEI publishes each institution with an EEEI labelled training program and the corresponding number on its website.

Here is an example of how this may look like for a training institution:

Training Labelled Content Approved by EEEI
Reference number 202010-001

The training and training institution will be presented in the EEEI Directory / Annuaire on the website.

EEEI Benefits for training program attendees

Any attendee to an EEEI labelled training is entitled to one year free individual membership with the EEEI. When admitted to the EEEI register regular benefits for individual members apply.

 

 

Sascha Dalen Gilhuijs – General Secretary,  Ajit Ambekar – COMEX’s member, Nico Keijser -Vice-president