Superior Courts Network


The overall aim of the SCN is to enrich dialogue and the implementation of the Convention.

The more concrete operational objective is to create a practical and useful means of exchanging relevant information on Convention case-law and related matters.

The President of the ECHR has entrusted the management of the SCN to the Jurisconsult of the ECHR.

  • Introduction to the SCN to know more about the origin and activities of the network.
  • The guiding principles of the SCN are set out in its Charter. The Operational Rules describe the functioning of the Network. They evolve in consultation with the member courts.
  • Any further questions: Request Form

Message from President Síofra O’Leary

''The Superior Courts Network was established by the European Court of Human Rights in October 2015 to enrich dialogue between the European Court and national judicial systems, such dialogue being key to reinforcing subsidiarity in a concrete manner. [...] ''

 Message from President Síofra O’Leary


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SCN Focal Points Forum 2023

The 6th SCN Forum took place on Thursday and Friday 8-9 June 2023, in a hybrid format. Attended by 84 representatives from 76 member courts, the Forum included two case-law sessions on the topic of Independence of the Judiciary as well as a know-how session (working groups) on the topic of Knowledge management, legal research and the role of the Jurisconsult.

 List of Participants
 Speech by the President O’Leary (in French only) 
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SCN Focal Points Forum 2022

The 5th SCN Forum took place on Friday 10 June 2022, in a hybrid format. Attended by 93 persons from 73 member courts, the Forum included a case-law session on the topic of domestic violence and a know-how session on the topic of judicial communication.

 List of Participants 
 Speech by the President Spano 

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 Member courts    Observer Courts

Any court wishing to join the Network should write a letter to that effect to the President of the ECHR.



The SCN welcomes two new members: the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria and the High Administrative Court of Croatia, which brings the membership of the Network to 110 courts from 45 States.