Law Society welcomes UK government commitment to UK-EU justice cooperation post-Brexit

The Law Society, England and Wales’ professional association for lawyers, has welcomed the UK government’s intention to continue UK-EU cooperation on criminal justice following Brexit (see previous blog). In a paper, the Government said that cooperation with the EU should go “beyond the existing, often ad hoc arrangements, for EU third-country relationships” in this area. It goes on to acknowledge that the UK has “supported and benefited from the development of a series of legal instruments…to build resilience against the threats the UK and the EU jointly face”.

UK Home Secretary suggests extradition cooperation will continue post-Brexit

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that she will publish a proposal for a post-Brexit security treaty with the EU, which will seek to maintain links on extradition, evidence sharing, and arrests. In a newspaper article, the Home Secretary said that a new treaty would “allow us to maintain and strengthen our current level of co-operation”, including remaining a part of Europol, and emphasised the importance of retaining the benefits of the European Arrest Warrant. She added that her conversations with her EU counterparts gave her “a lot of encouragement” that this would be possible.

Montenegro appoints its first Liaison Prosecutor at Eurojust

Jelena Lučić Đaletić has been appointed by Montenegro as its first Liaison Prosecutor at Eurojust, the EU body set up to facilitate cooperation between Member States and certain third-party countries in serious cross-border criminal matters. Liaison Prosecutors coordinate between Eurojust and non-EU Member States.

Montenegro and Eurojust signed a cooperation agreement on 3 May 2016, and it joins the USA, Norway, and Switzerland as the fourth non-EU Member State country with a Liaison Prosecutor seconded to Eurojust.

Since 2015, she has been a prosecutor at the High State Prosecutor’s Office in Montenegro. Eurojust’s press release is here.