Initial training of prosecutors in the European Union


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General description

There is no such initial training for Estonian prosecutors. After being appointed as a prosecutor, he or she has to pass the preparation programme that lasts for four months. That is what we call initial training and it is compulsory for every newly appointed prosecutor. During these four months he/she already works as a prosecutor. This preparation programme is individual programme, every new prosecutor has a mentor.

Access to the initial training

The programme is compulsory for every new prosecutor and is automatically implemented for everyone.

Format and content of the initial training

The aim of the preparation programme is to provide advice on how to support and mentor the next generation of prosecutors as a professional and open organisation.

The preparation programme and the choice of supervisor will be based on the previous work experience and background of the person to be supervised, and on an individual basis for each person supervised.

At the beginning of the preparatory programme, the Human Resources Department will organise an introductory programme at the Office of the Prosecutor General, during which the requirements for prosecutors and the Code of Ethics, the work of the Surveillance Department (including the resolution of complaints) will be introduced, an overview of the Prosecutor's Office's guidelines for dealing with the media will be given, and training will be given on the use of various registers necessary for work and the handling of state secrets.

During the preparation program, the supervised person will be required to visit:

  • Local police prefecture
  • Local county court (incl. civil court), circuit court
  • Probation supervision department and victim support –
  • Prison, arrest house

In addition, the following authorities will be visited, where possible:

  • Supreme Court
  • National Criminal Police
  • Estonian Forensic Science Institute
  • Tax and Customs Board

The compulsory areas of substantive and procedural law in the preparation programme are:

Pre-trial proceedings

Court Proceedings

Responding to complaints

During the introductory period, all prosecutors may participate in and attend ongoing training courses on the training schedule.

Termination of the initial training and qualification process

There is no exam. The mentor of every new prosecutor evaluates the results of the preparation programme.

Last update: 11/02/2022

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