Back 5. TRAINING
The transformation of the professional framework needs to be supported by a training structure that provides security to current and future professionals. There is a need for linking university education, entry-level training and further professional development with lifelong learning.
For years, the Center for Legal Studies (CEJ, Centro de Estudios Jurídicos in Spanish) has been the place for the continuing education of a large number of justice operators -lawyers, prosecutors and forensic experts-. Its role will be strengthened and expanded to provide training support to these and other bodies in the process of transforming the Administration of Justice.
University education. University is the place where the future operators of the Administration of Justice are trained, which is why it is essential to incorporate content to the transformation that is taking place. It is necessary to identify the changes and to support universities in the process.Firstly, it is necessary to incorporate training for new professions. The process for ADR introduction into the Administration of Justice implies a quantitative increase in demand and will require new professionals.
Secondly, there is a need to incorporate new skills for job performance in the context of the judicial environment's digitization. On the one hand, for the handling of digital tools. On the other hand, for the procedural changes that they imply. For example, the growth of oral rulings leads to the need to strengthen oral language.
Finally, the opening of new lines of research will be promoted. Data-driven justice will provide a very large source of information that can potentially open up lines of investigation. The evolution of society is shown in the data generated by the Public Justice Service, data which will be put at the service of research.
Continuing education. The organizational changes and procedural management digitalization will affect operators, who will require training support. Strong training support is necessary to generate certainty and security for professionals in their performance.
The speed of the transformation and the reduced mobility context created by the pandemic imply the need for an expanded training system available to all operators regardless of their place of residence.
Four lines of work will be developed:
1.Promotion of online training. The aim is to reach more people and expedite their access. It implies a change of methodology and of the pedagogical model.
2.Incorporation of new competencies into training for access.
3.Reorientation of continuing education courses. Broadening the themes and improving the detection of needs to cover the demands of the process of change in the contents, implementing a blended learning model, combining online training with face-to-face meetings, opening the field of training up to other operators and to new professional profiles, including autonomous communities with transferred co-governance competences in the training of the personnel of the Administration of Justice, etc.
4.A space for debate by means of round tables, conferences and projects, which is open to society as a whole and links operator training with the social agenda.
The project requires, on the one hand, the cooperation of the CEJ with other public institutions oriented towards training, such as the INAP or the INTEF, in order to create synergies and efficiency; on the other hand, cooperation with those regional administrations that need support for the training of legal professionals in their territories.