National School of Judiciary

The National School of Judiciary was founded in 1994, under Article 88 par. 3 of the Constitution and admitted the first students in 1995. At the same time, it launched training programmes for serving judicial officers, as well. The School’s mission is to instil high morale and independence in students and judicial officers, develop ethos, build trust in the principles of democracy and freedom, analyse the country’s current social and economic conditions, highlight the European and international dimension of law, develop critical thinking which is essential to interpret both the law but also social phenomena in general, teach written as well as spoken judicial discourse, promote intellectual growth and interaction with the arts and culture. The aim of judicial training is to create forward-thinking judicial officers that respond to the challenges of the times by acquiring a wide range of knowledge and a broad skill set.

The National School of Judiciary, which was established by Law 2236/1994, as replaced by Laws 3689/2008, 3910/2011 and 4871/2021, where the latter forms the current legislative framework, has a dual objective:

  1. Selecting, training and evaluating trainee judicial officers who shall be appointed at the Council of State, the Civil and Criminal Courts, the Court of Audit, the Ordinary Administrative Courts; and
  2. providing lifelong training to serving judicial officers.