The School of Magistrates, in collaboration with EURALIUS, organized a 3-days Retreat on elaborating curricula for chancellors of Prosecution Offices. The working group consisted of pedagogues and experts of the School of Magistrates, experts of EURALIUS, representatives of the High Prosecutorial Council, Heads of several Prosecution Offices, and acting chancellors of the Prosecution Offices. The modules that are being prepared will serve for the initial training programme of chancellors of prosecution offices and aim at transferring knowledge and skills in fulfilling with professionalism and efficiency the duties and responsibilities of the chancellors.
This morning the High Judicial Council and the High Court, in a partly live and partly online event, presented a Roadmap to High Court Functionality to the EU and US ambassador and a number of other interested embassies.
In the past years, EURALIUS experts have assisted the SoM in the important process of revision of initial training curricula. The revision of the curricula is considered pivotal for facing the challenges related to the increased number of candidate magistrates.
On 20 July 2020, EURALIUS in cooperation with the Italian Project AICS/CSM organized for the staff of the School of Magistrates an online training on ‘Smart Working’. Smart working is a fully flexible work
On 2 and 3 July 2020, EURALIUS organized online training for the Ministry of Justice of Albania on Leadership and Management Development.
During the training EURALIUS international expert Mr Arnie Skelton delivered a 3 half day presentations on practical suggestions for minimizing then dealing effectively with overload, time management and prioritizing, providing simple but effective tools that are easy to introduce, to reduce the pressure of work.
On 29 June 2020, the School of Magistrates in collaboration with EURALIUS, PAMECA and the Italian Project AICS/CSM organized an online training on Anti-Mafia Law and the new role of the court.
During the training, EURALIUS International Expert delivered a presentation on Anti-Mafia Law in light of the experience of Italian Supreme Court. While Expert from the Italian Project AICS/CSM delivered a presentation on practical case according to the Italian experience on the application of Anti-Mafia Law.
On 18 June 2020, EURALIUS V organized a webinar for judges interested in applying to the SPAK Court of First Instance.
"On Friday 12 June, the three judges of the High Court, Judge Sokol Sadushi, Judge Ervin Pupe and Judge Ilir Panda, met with a delegation of EURALIUS V, consisting of Mrs Agnes Berhard, Teamleader, and Mr Herman von Hebel, International Expert and Deputy Teamleader, in the premises of the High Court.
In view of COVID – 19 pandemics, EURALIUS in cooperation with the High Judicial Council, is assisting the courts with the implementation of videoconferencing tools with the aim to reduce the physical presence of litigants, lawyers, and court staff.
Following the practice established last year, on 8 and 9 June 2020, EURALIUS in cooperation with the School of Magistrates organized training sessions with eligible applicants to become candidate magistrates.
The training was organized in the new premises of the School and simultaneously online in order to comply with health safety standards currently in force due to Covid-19.
The first part of the training focused on the presentation of several aspects of the electronic assessment (Scantron test). In the second part, EURALIUS experts presented tips for a successful admission exam with examples from previous criminal law theses. The attendees showed high interest and actively participated in the discussions.
On 2 June 2020, the School of Magistrates in collaboration with EURALIUS, PAMECA and the Italian Project AICS/CSM organized an online training on Anti-Mafia Law.
On 14 and 15 May 2020 EURALIUS in collaboration with IRZ and the School of Magistrates organized two webinars with Authors and the Scientific Board on the E-Commentary.
On 19 May 2020, School of Magistrates in cooperation with EURALIUS and the Italian Project AICS/CSM organized an online training on ‘Inadmissibility of evidence in criminal proceedings:
On 7 and 8 May 2020, EURALIUS in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and Economy is organizing a training with the representatives of Internal Audit Unit and Department of Finance of the Ministry of Justice and Audit Unit of the General Directorate of Prisons on the methodology of the internal audit, audit planning, evaluation of risks etc. This is the first training course which will be followed by three other trainings on the methodology of the performance audit, implementation of audit recommendations as well as IPA funds audit.
These training are conducted in the framework of the assistance that EURALIUS provides to the Ministry of Justice and its subordinate institutions in order to improve the quality of auditing activities. These trainings will be held at the premises of the MoJ’s conference hall taking all the precautionary measures as advised by the Albanian Authorities.
On 1 May 2020, School of Magistrates in cooperation with EURALIUS organized an online workshop with the Working Group on Elaboration of Curricula for Chancellors of Prosecution Offices. This was the first meeting of the Working Group, which is composed by representatives from the High Prosecutorial Council, School of Magistrates, Prosecutors, Chancellors of Prosecution Offices and EURALIUS Experts. The Working Group will work on the elaboration of the initial training programme (curricula) for chancellors of prosecution offices. The curricula will follow the model of the curricula of chancellors of courts, which is already finalized. During this first workshop were discussed the learning objectives for some of the modules and agreed on a forthcoming workplan.
On 30 April 2020, EURALIUS participated in an online Lecture on ‘Exchange of Information, Intelligence Activities and Joint Investigation Teams (JITs): The Role of the Albanian School of Magistrates’, organized by the Jean Monnet Module, EU-Western Balkans Cooperation on Justice and Home Affairs (EUWEB), University of Salerno, Italy. EURALIUS experts and the representative of the Albanian School of Magistrates (SoM) delivered presentation on the ‘Role of the SoM in the Light of the Justice Reform in Albania’ and had the opportunity to raise the awareness of the participants on the profession of magistrate and introduce them with the admission procedures to the SoM. Lecture was attended by 70 students and law professionals. 25 of them were of Albanian origin, and potential candidates to apply for admission to the SoM.
Open Lecture on ‘Appeal against the decision not to initiate criminal proceedings and preliminary hearing’
On 3 March 2020, EURALIUS in cooperation with the School of Magistrates and the Italian Project AICS/CSM organized an open lecture with candidate magistrates of the first year of the initial training programme. International Experts delivered lectures on ‘Appeal against the decision not to initiate criminal proceedings and preliminary hearing: the Italian legislation and case law’. Candidate magistrates participated lively in the discussions and showed interest on comparing Albanian and Italian case law on preliminary hearing.
Training on ‘Appeal against the decision not to initiate criminal proceedings and preliminary hearing’
On 2 and 3 March 2020 EURALIUS in cooperation with the School of Magistrates and the Italian Project AICS/CSM organized a training of two days on ‘Appeal against the decision not to initiate criminal proceedings and preliminary hearing’. This training was conducted in the framework of the assistance that EURALIUS provides to the School of Magistrates in regard to the continuous training programme.
Training took place in Tirana and was attended by 40 magistrates who showed high interest for the topic and extensively participated in discussions.
On 21 February 2020, EURALIUS in cooperation with the School of Magistrates and the Italian Project AICS/CSM organized a training session on " Human trafficking, national and international law and practice ". This training was attended by judges at the first instance and appellate courts as well as prosecutors and judicial police officers at the first instance and appellate prosecution offices.
On 17 December 2019, EURALIUS donated the e-commentary to the School of Magistrates.
The e-commentary is an electronic platform assisting in collecting, managing and disseminating of comments to Albanian laws, introduced and developed in-house by EURALIUS IV based on best practices and traditions in EU Member States and further operated and maintained by EURALIUS V. The e-commentary is available to the public free of charge through the webpage of the School of Magistrates.
Training on the impact of the Civil Procedure Code on increasing the efficiency of the civil proceedings
On 10 - 11 and 12 - 13 December 2019, EURALIUS in collaboration with the School of Magistrates and the Albanian Chamber of Advocates organized two trainings on the impact of the Civil Procedure Code on increasing the efficiency of the civil proceedings.
Training Activity on Some Amendments to the Law ‘On preventing and Striking Organized Crime, Trafficking, Corruption and Other Crimes through Preventive Measures Against Assets’
On 18 and 19 November 2019, EURALIUS in collaboration with PAMECA and the School of Magistrates organized two days training on Anti-Mafia Law in Shkodra. This was the second regional training that followed up training on Anti-Mafia Law that took place in Vlora in October 2019.
During the training, PAMECA Experts delivered presentations on the Italian experience on the application of the Ant-Mafia Law. While EURALIUS Experts provided guidance regarding practical aspects of the law.
EURALIUS in cooperation with the Dutch Study Centre for the Judiciary (SSR) and the SoM organized a two days training of trainers on implementation of the newly adopted initial training curricula.
The training was attended by both full-time and part-time trainers engaged in the initial training curricula.
On 04 November, EURALIUS organised on behalf of the High Judicial Council (HJC) a roundtable meeting of judges from courts of all levels in the Republic of Albania. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the draft acts on the professional evaluation of judges and receive input from the judges on the structure and content of (i) the draft decision on professional evaluation of judges, (ii) the draft scoring scheme and related methodology, and (iii) the draft standard evaluation forms.
- Workshop on the 5-year Strategic Plan of the High Prosecutorial Council (HPC)
- Training Activity on Some Amendments to the Law ‘On preventing and Striking Organized Crime, Trafficking, Corruption and Other Crimes through Preventive Measures Against Assets’
- Training of Trainers on Mentoring by EURALIUS and SSR Experts
- School of Magistrates- Two days workshop on revision of the curricula of the initial training programme
- Training on some amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code – “Judge of Preliminary Hearing”