e-Justice

 

The objective of e-SENS in the e-Justice domain is to simplify access to cross-border legal procedures and legal means by establishing electronic communication channels between courts, citizens, businesses and legal professionals.

Mechanisms of legal cooperation involving the electronic transmission of documents and information will reduce the costs of legal procedures by avoiding expenditure on the translation of forms and transmission of documents, as well as reducing the need for legal assistance.

In developing solutions for e-Justice, the project follows the “Multi-Annual European e-Justice Action Plan 2014–2018” and the communication titled “Towards a European e-Justice Strategy”, which aim to provide citizens with easier access to judicial information and to boost judicial cooperation. More specifically, e-SENS will enable citizens and judicial authorities to use electronic means of communication within various existing EU procedures. The e-SENS pilots build on and continue the achievements of the e-CODEX project, which aims to simplify access to cross-border legal procedures.

 

  Piloting scenarios

 Matrimonial matters

The pilot facilitates the seamless registration of a judgment of divorce, separation or marriage annulment in another Member State. It will make it possible to apply to a foreign court for a certificate confirming a divorce judgment.

Example use case: A citizen wishes to register a judgment of divorce, separation or marriage annulment in another Member State. The citizen is able to file a request electronically to the competent court in the Member State which issued the divorce judgement. The court issues a certificate (Annex I to Regulation 2201/2003) using electronic means.

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European Account Preservation Order

The European Account Preservation Order (EAPO) will assist in the recovery of debts across borders by preventing debtors from moving their assets to another country while procedures to obtain and enforce a judgment in the case are ongoing. The e-SENS pilot will prepare for handling of EAPOs electronically.

Example use case: Company A (creditor) in a Member State has started a European Payment Order procedure against company B (debtor) from another Member State due to an unpaid bill. As company B will be informed of this ongoing procedure, company A fears that the debtor moves its assets which would make it difficult to recover the debt. Therefore, company A wishes to preserve an amount on company B’s bank accounts by using the European Account Preservation Order (EAPO) procedure.

e-SENS makes this process easier, faster and more secure by enabling electronic documents transmission between the creditor, the competent foreign court and enforcement authorities/bailiffs.

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Motivation & goals Process description Use case overview

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Architecture and building block implementation Pilot blueprint

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Success story

  Added Value

  • Reduced costs of procedures by avoiding expenditure on the translation of forms and transmission of documents
  • Increased process efficiency, with faster communication channels between courts, citizens, businesses and legal professionals
  • Seamless electronic resolution of cross-border matrimonial matters
  • Facilitation of the debt recovery process in cross-border disputes for European citizens and businesses
  • An opportunity for innovative services and products based on re-usable technical components