Our former President, Sir John Thomas ( ENCJ President from 2008-2010) will be appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales on 1 October 2013. As Lord Chief Justice he will chair the Judges' Council of England and Wales which is one of the founding members of the ENCJ.
The Norwegian Courts Administration won an international award for their case-management system – LOVISA – for best adaptive case management system. The system excels in process support.
The ENCJ General Assembly meets from 5-7 June. The meeting is hosted by the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria. The central theme of the meeting is: "Independence and Accountability of the Justice System". The ENCJ is taking stock of the current developments in the justice systems in Europe as regards the accountability of the members of the judiciary, the independence and accountability of Councils for the Judiciary and the role of Councils for the Judiciary in dealing with the challnges in this field. The European Commission will address the General Assembly on the the same theme.
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The European Patent Office offers a limited number of internship places for national judges of the EPC contracting states at the EPO Boards of Appeal. The programme is organised by the European Patent Academy, whose objectives include the promotion of equal access to training opportunities related to international and European patent law and practice in all current and future EPC contracting states, and the Boards of Appeal.