The European Day of Lay Judges was first initiated on May 11, 2012, in order to consolidate the necessity of citizens’ participation in jurisdiction. It is the result of an eight-year process which over the course of time brought together honorary judges from 17 countries. All of them have the common conviction that the participation of the people in jurisdiction is “a fundamental principle in any democratic society”. Each year, the European Day of Lay Judges is celebrated in conjunction with the General Assembly of ENALJ.

The European Day of Lay Judges 2018

The 6th European Day of Lay Judges will be celebrated in Naples, Italy on Saturday 12 May 2018.

The European Day of Lay Judges 2017

The 5th annual celebration of the European Day of Lay Judges was held in Stockholm, Sweden.

The European Day of Lay Judges 2016

The 4th annual celebration of the European Day of Lay Judges was held in Gdansk, Poland.

The European Day of Lay Judges 2015

The 3rd annual celebration of the European day of Lay Judges was held in Vienna, Austria.

The European Day of Lay Judges 2014

The 2nd annual celebration of the European Day of Lay Judges was held in Budapest, Hungary.

The European Day of Lay Judges 2014

On 11 May 2013 we celebrated the first European Day of Lay Judges in Belfast, Northern Ireland, hosted by Northern Ireland Lay Magistrates Association.
In a solemn ceremony held in Stormont, the seat of the Northern Ireland Parliament and government, a number of senior representatives in the fields of politics and jurisdiction highlighted the importance of lay judges who act in an honorary capacity. Both the Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford and Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan emphasised the need for members of the public (lay persons) to be involved in jurisdiction.
Hasso Lieber, President of the European Network of Associations of Lay Judges, stressed in particular the comprehensibility of court procedure and judgements which can be achieved through lay persons acting in an honorary capacity.
Delegations from Belgium, Northern Ireland, England and Wales and Germany took this opportunity to intensify their mutual contacts and exchange of information.