Judges make a working visit to Bonn

The participants of the working visit to Bonn am Rhein.
The participants of the working visit to Bonn am Rhein.

A working visit of a 20-person delegation of judges took place at the Bonn Regional Court from 24-28 September 2023 as part of the measures on judicial hearings funded by the Federal Foreign Office, which the IRZ organised in cooperation with the Training Centre for the Montenegrin Judiciary and Public Prosecutor's Office.

Dr. Frauke Bachler, General Director of the IRZ, introduced the participants on the first day of the event, and attendees then engaged in an extensive expert programme which, in addition to lectures on the basic principles of civil and criminal procedural law in Germany, also included two educational films produced by the IRZ itself on juvenile court proceedings in Germany and judicial support for settlements in civil proceedings. The films also featured contributions from experts from the IRZ's Southeast European partner states, and are available either dubbed or with subtitles in the visitors' own languages.

The IRZ also provided participants with extensive translations of German laws, including the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Criminal Code, and publications in the Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian languages that had been produced as part of other IRZ measures. The range of materials was completed by a translation in the respective national languages of the participants of the relevant German law, which was created in cooperation with the Association of German Legal Officers, with an expert introduction and literature on the official assessment of judges. This enabled the participants themselves to explore the topic in more depth. 

The programme was rounded off by visits to civil and criminal court hearings at the Bonn Regional Court and presentations and discussions with German colleagues.