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Centre for Legal Studies


The Centre for Legal Studies in Madrid originated from the so-called Judicial School that has trained members of the Judiciary and the Public Prosecution Service since 1944.
In 1994, the school separated the training of public prosecutors from that of judges and the Centre for Judicial Studies began to operate as the Centre for Legal Studies of the Justice Administration. It also began to provide training for other Justice Administration staff. The resolution was then adopted for the creation of the Judicial School, which was to be located in Barcelona and opened in 1997.
In 2003, today"s Centre for Legal Studies assumed its own statute, which were adopted by Royal Decree 1276/2003 of 10 October and which constituted it as an autonomous body attached to the Ministry of Justice (the Secretary of State for Justice) with the main function of collaborating with the Ministry for the selection, training and improvement of the members of the Public Prosecution Service, the Court Secretaries, Forensic Doctors and other members of staff working for the Justice Administration. Its function also includes the continuous training of the State Counsel.
As an autonomous body, the Centre for Legal Studies has a differentiated legal personality, its own equity and budget and independence of management. Although its headquarters is based in Madrid, it works across Spain.

Initial training

The initial training of public prosecutors, court secretaries and forensic doctors constitutes the second phase of the selection process and consists of a theoretical-practical training course that is given in class at the Centre for Legal Studies and another practical period spent in courts or hospitals (the latter for forensic doctors). Training is eminently practical and designed to complement the theoretical knowledge of those who have passed the official exams. The methodology is based on the real study of a practical case in small groups. Various methodologies are applied, including simulations, communication workshops, roundtables, conferences and visits. The duration of this theoretical-practical phase varies according to each body. For example, public prosecutors have a training period of four months at the Centre for Legal Studies and another four months in tutored period of practice at public prosecution offices. Court secretaries spend three months at the Centre for Legal Studies and four in the courts. Forensic doctors have one month"s theoretical training and a practicum that lasts six months. For other bodies of the Justice Administration, training periods are shorter.

Continuous training

Continuous and specialised training for members of the Justice Administration is based on the annual plans that set down the activities programmed for the year. The plans are subdivided according to each corps: Public Prosecutors, Court Secretaries, Forensic Doctors and State Councils. The annual plan is also divided into three separate programmes:
-- General Programme: courses organised and financed exclusively by the Centre for Legal Studies and given in Madrid or elsewhere.
-- Territorial Collaboration Programme: courses organised and financed jointly with the autonomous communities. These courses are given in the territory of the corresponding autonomous community.
-- Institutional Cooperation Programme: courses organised in collaboration with other bodies of the State Administration, the General Council of the Judiciary and other institutions, etc.
Besides subjects that are strictly linked to law, the Centre for Legal Studies also gives training in areas that include foreign languages, computer tools and management skills.

Online training

The incorporation of technology in training has focused on so-called online training, which improves the publication of content and offers the option of reaching a larger number of students.
In recent years, the Centre for Legal Studies has incorporated a number of courses that cover a wide variety of subjects, i.e. foreign languages, office computing, international legal cooperation, economics and accounting. Said courses are given via a platform located at the Centre for Legal Studies.

Specialisation in Judicial Police

The Centre for Legal Studies imparts the last part of the programme on Specialisation in Judicial Police to the members of the Police Forces. This part of the programme lasts one week and consists of classes taught at the Centre for Legal Studies by public prosecutors, court secretaries and forensic doctors.

International Activity

One priority target of the training that is given is to increase the international capacity of the professionals attached to the Justice Administration through international cooperation in response to the demands of a modern-day society that is more global and competitive. This activity takes place within the EU Area of Justice, in other European and third-party countries and as part of the policy on cooperation for development in the Justice sector. In its statute, which were adopted by Royal Decree 1276/2003 of 10 October, the Centre for Legal Studies provides the possibility of maintaining training exchanges with students and professionals from similar institutions in other countries. The Centre for Legal Studies works to increase its institutional presence in the legal or judicial training centre networks that are of geographical and sector interest for the cooperation strategy applied by the Ministry of Justice.


European Judicial Training Network (EJTN):The Centre for Legal Studies belongs, together with the Judicial School, to the EJTN (a network that groups together the official European institutions responsible for training judges and public prosecutors). The participation of the Centre for Legal Studies in various working groups enables its involvement in the corresponding training projects and activities, with importance placed. Said activities include exchanges between public prosecutors from EU countries to improve practices between institutions and foster mutual trust between judicial authorities. Each one lasts two weeks and is financed entirely by the EJTN.

ERA (Academy of European Law):
The Centre for Legal Studies is part of this European institution and sits on its Governing Board in representation of the Ministry of Justice. The ERA is a training institution specialising in European Law and has the aim, experience and responsibility required to provide continuous training to the members of the judicial legal professions of Europe.


RECAMPI (Ibero-American Public Ministry Training Network) The Centre for Legal Studies sits on the Management Committee of this Ibero-American network, which is made up of the training centres of the various public ministries (public prosecution services). The Centre for Legal Studies uses the network to offer continuous training activities to the other countries in the network, more specifically involving their judges and prosecutors.

AECID (Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development)
The Centre for Legal Studies participates in the PIFTE Programme (Ibero-American Specialised Technical Training Programme). This training activity has been designed to strengthen institutions through the specialised technical training of Ibero-American professionals, in this case, in the Justice sector.

Other areas

Euro-Arab Network
This is a recently created network designed to increase training activities for training centres and schools in the countries of the European Union and the League of Arab Nations. Owing to their geographical proximity, Morocco, Algeria and the Maghreb countries constitute another area of preference for training activities through specific collaboration projects and agreements.


Centro de Estudios Jurídicos

Calle Juan del Rosal, 2
28040 Madrid
Tel:. 914551670 / Fax: 915431870


Coordenadas: 40.4518 ° N 3.7308 ° W
Metro: Ciudad Universitaria (L6), Metropolitano (L6).
Autobuses: U, G, H, 82

Download informative brochure

Initial Training, Court Secretaries 2013

Memorandum of activities Centre for Legal Studies (CEJ) - 2013

Training Plan - 54th Public Prosecutor Programme - 2014-2015

Training Plan - 40th Judicial Secretary Programme - 2014-2015