The Judicial Atlas is a key tool for facilitating judicial cooperation in criminal matters among the EU Member States. Direct contact between the judicial authorities of the Member States is one of the cornerstones of judicial cooperation within the European Union. The Judicial Atlas assists practitioners in finding the contact details of the competent authorities in the executing/requested Member State. The identification is different for each Member State and can depend on various aspects: the crime involved, the stage of proceedings, the legal instrument used as legal basis, etc. When applicable, geographical information can also be introduced, enabling the Atlas to identify the competent authority for specific regions within the Member State. Consequently, the paths to be followed vary depending on the situation of each Member State.
The Judicial Atlas contains information on the competent authorities for all applicable EU legal instruments of judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including those giving effect to the principle of mutual recognition of judicial decisions. The Atlas also contains information on the competent authorities in Norway.