The Council for the Judiciary directly consults with the Minister of Security and Justice and his civil servants. In addition, the Council also regularly liaises with all courts at a variety of levels. Together with the court boards, the Council for the Judiciary makes separate agreements regarding issues relevant to that particular court, and also consults with the Assembly of court Presidents concerning issues that affect all courts in the Netherlands. This meeting is attended by the presidents of the district courts, the courts of appeal, the Central Board of Appeal and the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal.
The President and Attorney General of the Netherlands Supreme Court are also permanent members of this Assembly, as is the chairman of the Administrative Law Division of the Council of State. They enjoy a special status: although the Supreme Court and the Administrative Law Division of the Council of State employ judges, they do not form part of the Judiciary as governed by the Council. Within the Judiciary, the Council also consults with the Central Works Council and the Board of Representatives: a board comprised of representatives of all courts that is qualified to provide advice to the Council (both on request and on an unsolicited basis). In addition, regular meetings are scheduled with the trade unions.
Other key partners of the Council for the Judiciary include the Public Prosecution Service (Om.nl), the Netherlands Bar Association and the Dutch Association for the Judiciary (Nvvr.org), the professional association of judges and public prosecutors.
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