Mission

The National School of Judges was founded in 1995 and is a public entity, supervised by the Minister of Justice. It has its own legal and budgetary capacity. It is located in the municipality of Kalamaria in Thessaloniki for initial training, and has also premises in Komotini "for life" training. The Greek National School for the Judiciary is regulated by its own rules approved by law 3689/2008 and law 3910/2011.
Τhe School Board/Council -which is comprised by Supreme Court Judges, the President of the Bar and Professors- along with the General Director, form the activities and the annual work program.
The School's missions are the organization of examinations and the initial training of the successful candidates, in order to form a corps of competent multi-skilled judges and public prosecutors. Within the scope of its activities, it provides trainees, with collaboration of international courts and organizations. In addition to the above, the School aims to specialized, high-quality continuous training, co-operation with national and international institutions of higher education of the public and private sector, organization of seminars, congresses and themed conferences, participation in european programs and training networks of the Judiciary in the European Union and the European Council. It also supports research and carries out publications.
Each year, the Ministry of Justice decides how many positions must be filled based upon the courts' workload and budgetary considerations. There are three entrance examinations, each for a different category of candidates (Administrative Judges, Civil-Criminal Judges and Public Prosecutors). The selection process -held by a five member committee- currently consists of written and oral exercises. The written part of the examination includes four written tests in law subjects with topics relevant to each course (Administrative Judges, Civil-Criminal Judges and Public Prosecutors) and one written test in one of the following languages : English, French, German, Italian. Candidates who pass the written examination are entitled to take oral examinations, which are conducted in public. They can also be examined -optionally- in one or two of the prementioned foreign languages, excluding the one that have been already examined.
Eligible candidates can be Justices of Peace or the ones that have completed a two year period practice in a law firm or those awarded a PhD in law and have completed an one year period practice in a law firm or judicial officers, with a law degree, who have served at least five years in civil service in a law related field. The candidates must be Greek citizens and be at least 28 years old, but must not exceed the age of 45, at the 31st of December on the year the contest was announced. Male candidates should have fulfilled their military service. Finally a candidate must not be irrevocably convicted for certain delicts.
Once they enter the Greek National School of Judges, the successful candidates, start a 16-month course of study in both theory and practice. 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 and the second consists of internships in courts. They receive 50 percent of the salary of a judge or prosecutor at the beginning of their career. They attend general study courses at the school in many disciplines including law, ethics, history, sociology, psychology, finance and accounting. All this training is followed by an examination used to rank them by order of merit. Depending on their rank in the final examination, they will be appointed to the competent court.