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Spain | National Judicial Training Institute / School

In Barcelona


Escuela Judicial Consejo General del Poder Judicial
The Spanish Judicial School

Address : Escuela Judicial Consejo General del Poder Judicial
Ctra Vallvidrera 43-45
08017 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 406 7300/7301
Fax: +34 93 406 9264

About The Spanish Judicial School, Barcelona

The Spanish Judicial School

The Spanish Judicial School depends on the General Council of the Judiciary. As a constitutional body, the General Council received, by the law 16/94 the responsibility for the selection and training of judges.The school has two locations, one in Barcelona for initial training, international programmes and direction, and one in Madrid for continuous training. The Director is senior judge Gema Espinosa. The selection process currently consists of three exercises, one written and two orals. The average preparation time is of more than four years after the university law degree. The initial training for those who have passed the public competition entry exams consists of two phases: the first one is a theoretical/practical phase of 9 months in the venue of Barcelona and the second consists of internships in jurisdiction (9 months). A special feature of the Judicial School is to have a team of full-time trainers ( judges, jurists or university professors). Many outside collaborators, such as judges, lawyers and experts intervene in the School throughout the year.The Law for the Judiciary provides that the General council must guarantee that all the judges receive individual, specialised, high-quality continuous training. The training actions are currently based on three main pillars: The State Plan, decentralised programmes, and on-line training.The school has an international vocation; more than two thousand jurists and judges from Iberoamerica have followed our training programmes.

In Madrid


Centro de Estudios Jurídicos (CEJ)
The Centre for Legal Studies in Madri (CLS)

Address :
Centro de Estudios Jurídicos
Ministerio de Justicia Juan del Rosal, 2,28071 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 455 16 71
Fax: +34 91 549 62 77

About The Spanish Centre for Legal Studies, Madrid

The Spanish Judicial School

The Centre for Legal Studies (CLS) is the school of initial and continuous training of all the professional bodies of the Administration of Justice in Spain. It has trained members of the Judiciary and the Public Prosecution Service since 1944.

In 1994 the school was divided in two: the training school of Public Prosecutors and the training school for Judges. Therefore, the former Judicial School began to operate as the Centre for Legal Studies, providing training for the rest of the Justice Administration staff.

In 2003 the CLS acquired its own statute, adopted by Royal Decree, which granted it the status of an autonomous body attached to the Ministry of Justice, through the State Secretary of Justice. This statute has been renewed in 2019, in step with the changes that have taken place in our societies.

One of its main tasks is collaborating with the Ministry and the General Prosecutor’s Office in the recruitment, training and improvement of the members of the Public Prosecution’s Service; nevertheless, the CLS collaborates with other stakeholders in providing the best training policies for Court Managers, Coroners, Forensics, State Attorneys and the specialization of the Judicial Polices, which add over 7.500 professionals that continuously are part of the training programs of the CLS. Through initial, continuous or online training.

Cooperation with international bodies is essential in an ever more globalized world. Therefore, CLS collaborates with different international institutions in our common goal: a quality judicial training. In Europe as a member of the European Judicial Training Network and the ERA (European Law Academy), in Latin-America through the RECAMPI (a network for Ibero-American Prosecution training institutions) and with the Arab nations, through EAJTN.

As an autonomous agency, the CLS has a differentiated legal personality, its own budget and independence of management. Although its headquarters is based in Madrid, it provides training across the whole country.

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Spain | National Official Representative(s) to EAJTN

Spain Official National Representative to EAJTN, Barceolona

Jorge Jiménez Martín

H.E. Judge

Jorge Jiménez Martín

Director of the Judicial School General Council of the Judiciary of Spain

Tel.:+34 93 406 73 06


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Spain Official National Representative to EAJTN, Madrid

María Abigail Fernandez


Laura Cambero Valencia

General Director of The Centre for Legal Studies in Madrid

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Laura Cambero Valencia has a degree in Law and is a member of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, where she has held various positions. Among them, in the Section for Violence against Women of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Provincial Court of Madrid, and, later, in the Section for Minors. Since 2023 she has worked as an advisor of the Secretary of State’s Office of the Ministry of the Presidency, Justice and Relations with the Courts. In February 2024 she was appointed General Director of the Centre for Legal Studies.

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Last Updated July 4, 2024