INITIAL TRAINING PROGRAM

One of the Judicial Academy main objectives is the training of lawyers who want to become judges, according to the particularity of this function, and to the unique capabilities the judiciary requires, taking into account the shortcomings of university training for the exercise of the judicial function, and the need for judges with a deep commitment to service, and prepared to take up the challenges the judiciary poses for the construction of the rule of law.

Our program has been designed based on two broad lines of action: on one side, the response to the expectations and needs of the Judiciary facing the current society demands, and on the other, the transfer of knowledge, skills, capabilities, and judicial function proper criteria.

The Initial Training Program faculty members are appointed for each course by the Board of Governors of the Judicial Academy in commissions that meet for this task. Faculty may apply to give lessons in the Initial Training Program of the Judicial Academy in public and open calls. In order to favor a comprehensive training, the Board invites interdisciplinary faculty teams, composed not only by members of the Judiciary (Supreme Court Justices, Courts of Appeal Justices and Judges), but also by academics, private lawyers and professionals from other areas. In this way, a connection is established between the judicial reality and the theoretical principles involved in the judicial function.

The Initial Training Program envisages, besides teaching, an internship activity.

Teaching activities are aimed at providing students with the knowledge, criteria, skills and capabilities required in the exercise of the judicial function. The lessons take place at the Judicial Academy. Meanwhile, the internships are in charge of a tutor judge who must transfer the student an important part of his practical and personal experience. Students must go to their tutor judge court for the time established in the course structure to observe, in person, the daily work of the court.