European Judicial Network

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The European Judicial Network (EJN) is a network of contact points within the EU designed to facilitate judicial cooperation across borders.[1][2] With a focus on serious crime (such as organized crime, corruption, drug smuggling and terrorism), it helps form and maintain contacts between agencies in member states.[3]

The Network was created by Joint Action 98/428 in 1998,[4] to fulfil recommendation no. 21 of the Action Plan to Combat Organised Crime adopted by the Council of the European Union on 28 April 1997.[5]

A priority of the EJN is the dissemination of information to its citizens, judges and legal practitioners, primarily through its Web site. The EJN’s main functions are: Facilitating judicial cooperation among the Member States; travelling to meet the contact points of other State Members, as necessary; providing the local judicial authorities of their country with the necessary legal and practical information; providing the local judicial authorities of other member states the necessary legal and practical information; improving the coordination of the judicial cases.

A member state’s Contact Point can identify relevant other Contact Points via the European Justice Atlas.[3]

The secretariat of the EJN functions as an independent autonomous unit within the staff of Eurojust, based in The Hague in the Netherlands.[6]


  1. ^ "About EJN". European Judicial Network (EJN). Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  2. ^ "Criminal Justice: European Judicial Network". European Commission. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  3. ^ a b "Criminal European Judicial Network". General Council of the Judiciary (Spain). Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  4. ^ "98/428/JHA: Joint Action of 29 June 1998". EUR-Lex. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  5. ^ "Action plan to combat organized crime (Adopted by the Council on 28 April 1997)". EUR-Lex. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  6. ^ "EJN Secretariat". European Judicial Network (EJN). Retrieved 2016-05-14.

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