The Contact Point
Portugal has designated a contact point for the EJN-civil (European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters). The contact point is a judge appointed by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (Conselho Superior da Magistratura) by means of a competition.
The National Network
The national network is made up of: central authorities in accordance with EU legal instruments, other international legal instruments to which Portugal is a party or national legal provisions in the area of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters; administrative authorities with responsibilities in the area of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters; and professional associations that represent legal professionals directly involved in the enforcement of international and EU instruments relating to judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.
The national network does not comprise liaison judges or experts.
National Members of the Network
In addition to the contact point, the national structure of the network comprises twelve members:
- Directorate-General for Justice Policy (Direcção-Geral da Política de Justiça)
- Directorate-General for Justice Administration (Direcção-Geral da Administração da Justiça)
- Directorate-General for Rehabilitation and Prison Services (Direcção-Geral de Reinserção e Serviços Prisionais)
- Institute of Registry Offices and Notaries (Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado, I.P.)
- Institute for Financial Management and Infrastructure in the Justice System (Instituto de Gestão Financeira e Equipamentos da Justiça, I.P.)
- Council of Justices of the Peace (Conselho dos Julgados de Paz)
- Social Security Institute (Instituto de Segurança Social, I.P.)
- Committee for the Protection of Victims of Crime (Comissão de Protecção às Vítimas de Crimes)
- A judge from the International Hague Network of Judges
- Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados)
- Association of Solicitors and Enforcement Agents (Ordem dos Solicitadores e dos Agentes de Execução)
- Notary Association (Ordem dos Notários)
The Central Authorities
Of the above-mentioned members, the following are central authorities or entities competent to perform certain tasks provided for in EU law:
Directorate-General for Justice Administration – Ministry of Justice
- Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 of 18 December 2008
- Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 of 13 November 2000
- Regulation (EC) No 1206/2001 of 28 May 2001
- Hague Convention of 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters
- Hague Convention of 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters
- Hague Convention of 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance
- New York Convention of 1956 on the Recovery Abroad of Maintenance
Directorate-General for Rehabilitation and Prison Services - Ministry of Justice
- Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003
- Hague Convention of 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
- Hague Convention of 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children
Institute of Registry Offices and Notaries – Ministry of Justice
- Regulation (EU) No 650/2012 of 4 July 2012
Social Security Institute – Ministry of Solidarity and Social Security (Ministério da Solidariedade e da Segurança Social)
- Directive 2003/8/EC of 27 January 2003
Committee for the Protection of Victims of Crime - Ministry of Justice
- Directive 2004/80/EC of 29 April 2004
- Hague Convention of 2000 on the International Protection of Adults
Coordination of the National Network in a non-hierarchical structure
In Portugal, the national network has a non-hierarchical structure. Coordination, which is ensured by the contact point, is based on voluntary cooperation between national members. National members regularly participate in quarterly meetings organised by the contact point. Whenever the application of EU law requires changes to be made to the national system, meetings are held that are restricted to the national members concerned.
The network does not comprise experts. If an issue requires the opinion of an expert, the contact point requests the cooperation of the most appropriate national authority on a voluntary and informal basis. All national members are regularly encouraged by the contact point to cooperate in the specific areas of their competence and responsibility in judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.
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