Between 1 and 3 October, the French Ministry of Justice organised a seminar in Marseille, France, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Specialized Interregional Courts (JIRS).
Over 200 guests from all districts of France, whose mission it is to combat organised crime and serious economic and financial crime, gathered for the occasion.
The event was opened by Mr Jean-Claude Marin, Public Prosecutor at the Court of Cassation, and closed by the Minister of Justice, Ms Christiane Taubira.
Among the speakers were foreign judges involved in the fight against organised crime. Mr Javier Zaragoza Aguado, general prosecutor at the Audiencia Nationale, and Mr Franco Roberti, national antimafia prosecutor, gave speeches emphasising the key role of JIRS and the excellent cooperation existing between France, Spain and Italy.
Their presence shows the importance that JIRS has gained in the judiciary as well as the relevance of their model, based on the specialisation of judges who are strongly oriented towards international cooperation.
JIRS intend to address new challenges in the field and have proven to be very efficient. They are recognised, as well as by Eurojust, at judicial European and international level. A significant proportion of cases registered by Eurojust’s French National Desk are referred to Eurojust by JIRS. JITs (joint investigation teams) involving France are, in most cases, signed by prosecutors and investigative judges from JIRS.
The French National Desk and Eurojust’s JITs Network Secretariat participated in the event, emphasising, to this gathering of key players, Eurojust’s coordination role in the fight against organised crime.
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