The recruitment and training systems for the judiciary in five countries

Civil law and civil procedure / Law officer under training

The recruitment and training systems for the judiciary in five countries

An international exploratory study


This literature survey aims to obtain an insight into the various forms of recruitment and training for the judiciary, responsibilities in recruitment and training routes, and the role of the Minister of Justice in other countries.
The following study questions are discussed:

  1. How are judges recruited? 

  2. How are the various forms of training organised ? 

  3. To what extent is there a common training for the public prosecutors and the judiciary (target group)? (4) How are judges trained? 

  4. How is the ongoing education (further education, additional education or training) of judges organised? 

  5. Is there a relation between career policy and training policy? 

  6. Is there function differentiation and if so, is the training policy geared towards it? 

  7. What are the experiences with the training ?

  8. What is the role of the Minister of Justice with regard to the training policy?

This memorandum first deals with the separate countries (the Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden and the United States), where a brief description of the organisation of the judiciary is followed by an attempt to answer the above study questions based on the research results. The last chapter provides a comparison of the findings, specifying the points for attention for the Dutch recruitment and training policy for the judiciary.

Publication data

Baas, N.J.
Place of publication:
The Hague
Year of publication:
Onderzoeksnotities 2000/08
Ra 12.293