The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

  Country profile: SPAIN

CEPEJ Member


National Correspondent
Member of the Lisbon Network


Pilot Court

Maria Isabel TOMAS
Senior Judge
Head of External and Institutional Relations Department
Judicial School of the General Council for the Judiciary of Spain
+ 34.93 2555210
+ 34.93.406.9164


Commercial Court of first instance of Barcelona

(Commercial Court number 8)
(+34) 935549468

Judicial Counsellor
(Commercial Court number 6)
(+34) 935549466

Judicial Counsellor
(Commercial Court number 3)

Evaluation Exercise
Translations of CEPEJ documents (if available):

Time management checklist (translated in Spanish)

Links to relevant Institutions



Legal texts (Codes, laws, regulations etc.)
Case-law of the higher court/s
Other documents (e.g. forms)

Recent developments in the judicial field

The General Council of Spanish Bars has been awarded the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize with the initiative concerning Online legal aid: Better solutions for people’s rights [in French and English / in Spanish] (16 October 2014)


For a long time now, a basic consensus has existed in Spain on the need for a modernising boost to our justice system. The idea is to bring in structural changes in the organisation and operation of their courts of law. These changes would enable the courts to reap full advantage of being endowed with more resources leading to greater efficiency. As from 1st January 2010, that qualitative change in the structure of justice cames about with the implementation of the new judicial office model, a key element for meeting public demand for a justice system that is flexible, modern and efficient. The Act on procedural reform that has created the new judicial office was unanimously approved, and this is a particularly important and significant fact because such a broad, solid support guarantees the stability and success of such a transformation of major importance in the day-to-day running of the Administration of Justice (more).

Organisational chart of the system of justice



Organisational chart (Spanish only)