The General Assembly is composed of representatives of each member of the Network. It meets at least once per calendar year and is convened and presided by the President. The General Assembly is endowed with all the powers necessary to achieve the aims and objectives of the Association.
The General Assembly has the following powers:
The President, the Steering Committee and the committees and ad hoc working groups report to the General Assembly.
Miguel Carmona, President ENCJ, President Michael D. Higgins and Chief Justice Susan Denham at a reception in May 2012 hosted by the President of the Irish Republic.
2013 - From 5-7 June 2013 the General Assembly met in Sofia, Bulgaria. The general theme of the meeting was "Independence and Accountability of the Justice System. A number of interesting presentation on this topic were made by i.a. Emmanuel Crabit of the European Commisison, by Geoffrey Vos of the Judges Council of England and Wales, Sonia Naidenova of the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria and by Paolo Corder of the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura of Italy. The Sofia Declaration reiterates the importance of an independent judiciary and the role of Councils for the Judiciary as a safeguard for this independence. An independent EU Rule of Law mechanism is called for which respects the diversity of justice systems and which inter alia will assist in the protection of the independence of the judiciary and in ensuring the promotion of an effective justice system and growth for the benefit of all citizens
2012 - The General Assembly took place in Dublin Castle, Ireland on 9-11 May 2012. The General Assembly adopted the ENCJ Dublin Declaration (EN/FR) by which the Members adopted standards and indicators regarding the recruitment, selection, appointment and promotion of members of the judiciary and the competent body. The ENCJ Members also agreed to aim for compliance wiht these standards and indicators within their own organisiation and to promote these standards actively witin the judiciary and towards the other relevant authorities.
Article Irish Times on the ENCJ Dublin declaration
A number of other recommendations were also adopted on the topics of Judicial Reform and the relations of the Judiciary with Society and the Media (summary of all main recommendations adopted by the General Assembly).
2011- The IXth General Assembly was helt in Vilnius, Lithuania 8-10 June 2011. The general theme of the meeting was "challenges and opportunities for the Judiciary in the current economic climate". The Vilnius Declaration was adopted which lists a set of recommendations for the judiciaries of Europe on how to respond to the actual challenges and opportunities they are facing.
2010 - In 2010 the General Assembly meeting was helt in London at the Royal Courts of Justice. The London declaration was adopted that approved the ENCJ report "Judicial Ethics - Principles, Values and Qualities" and proposes that ENCJ Members and Observers should actively promote the content of the report.
2009 -The Bucharest declaration on Transparency and Access to Justice was adopted at the General Assembly in Bucharest, Romania
2008 - General Assembly in Budapest. The Budapest declaration on Self-Governance for the Judiciary was adopted.
2004 - Constituent Assembly Conference report 2004 General Assembly Rome, Italy
2003 - Judiciaries in the EU "Prospects for cooperation" - Conference report, The Hague, NL
The General Assembly in plenary at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, June 2010