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.
On 15 and 16 October 2019, EURALIUS organized a workshop on the 5-year strategic plan of the High Prosecutorial Council (HPC). The training took place in Vlora and was attended by nine HPC members, the Chief of Cabinet and three legal advisors, who participated extensively in discussions.
Earlier this year, EURALIUS had organised another workshop on the same topic, where the mission, vision and core values were discussed and defined by the HPC members.
During the event, EURALIUS experts delivered presentations on the main components of the strategy, while the HPC members and staff discussed the content of the expected results, objectives, indicators and targets. HPC members and staff also discussed a risk management matrix regarding the realization of the strategy, and the content of a quarterly action plan for the year 2020.
The outcome of the workshop will be a revised version of the strategy that will be submitted to the HPC for further elaboration, revision–including through incorporation of the input from the main stakeholders following a public consultation–and final adoption of the strategic plan in the coming months.
- 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”