The representatives of the governments of the member states today appointed Jean Richard de la Tour (France) as advocate-general to the Court of Justice, following the death of Mr Yves Bot, the previous French advocate-general.
Mr Richard de la Tour was appointed from 23 March 2020 for the remainder of Mr Bot’s term of office, ending on 6 October 2024.
The Court of Justice of the European Union consists of two courts: the Court of Justice and the General Court. The judges and advocates-general are appointed by common accord of the governments of the member states after consultation of a panel responsible for giving an opinion on prospective candidates' suitability to perform the duties concerned. They are chosen from among individuals whose independence is beyond doubt.
For appointment to the Court of Justice, candidates must possess the qualifications required for appointment, in their respective countries, to the highest judicial offices, or be jurisconsults of recognised competence.