Use the European e-justice portal to find or identify lawyers from the EU and the EEA
The European e-Justice Portal allows citizens, businesses, lawyers and judges with cross-border legal questions and boosts mutual understanding of different legal systems by contributing to the creation of a single European area of justice.
Whether you find yourself in need of a lawyer when travelling in another European country, are an entrepreneur wanting to search its land register or a judge with a question about a another state’s court system. Answers to all these questions - in 23 official EU languages - can be found on the European e-Justice Portal.
With more than 12 000 pages of content, the portal provides a wealth of information and links on laws and practices in all EU countries. The resources range from information on legal aid, judicial training, European small claims and videoconferencing to links to legal databases, online insolvency and land registers. It also includes user-friendly forms for various judicial proceedings, such as the European order for payment.
The portal is implemented by the Commission in very close cooperation with the EU countries.
Citizens can get answers on how the 28 EU countries’ legal systems function. More than 10 million citizens face judicial procedures involving different EU countries every year. The Portal helps them find relevant information when dealing with events such as divorce, death, litigation, succession or even moving house. They can find a legal practitioner in another country and learn how to avoid costly court cases through mediation, where to bring a lawsuit, which country’s law applies to their case and whether they are eligible for legal aid.
Lawyers, notaries and judges can get access to legal databases, contact colleagues through judicial networks and find information on European judicial training. They can also find practical information on arranging multi-country videoconferences.
Businesses can search in interconnected insolvency registers, find links to land registers, find information on cross-border proceedings and the laws that apply.
The first release of the Portal in 2010 was just the first step in developing a multilingual online access point that makes life easier for citizens, businesses and practitioners in Europe. New information, tools and functions are being continuously added.