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France
Cour de cassation de France
 
Bertrand Louvel
Premier Président de la Cour de cassation de France
 
President since: 16 juillet 2014
 
Justice of the Supreme Court since: 1980
 
Career before being justice of the Supreme Court:
Bertrand Louvel holds a doctorate in private law and was first assistant to the law faculties at the University of Caen and then at Le Mans.

Major of his promotion, at the end of the Ecole nationale de la magistrature, he held the functions of judge at the courts of first instance of Nice and Le Mans, having in charge the service of the court of first instance of Menton from February 1980, then that of Le Mans from December 1981 to December 1984.

He then joined the Ecole nationale de la magistrature as a lecturer to teach the functions of the court for nearly two years.

Appointed head of court, he became president of the regional court in Aurillac in September 1986, Point-à-Pitre in January 1991, Nevers in September 1993 and Brest in August 1997.

In November 2002, he was promoted to councillor at the Court of Cassation to exercise the functions of first president of the Court of Appeal, first in Limoges, then, as from September 2007, in Bordeaux.

On 10 September 2009, he became President of Chamber at the Court of Cassation, where he was in charge of the direction of the documentation, studies and report service (SDER) before being entrusted, on 14 January 2010, with the presidency of the criminal chamber.

As the first President of the Court of Cassation since 16 July 2014, Bertrand Louvel chairs the plenary formation of the Conseil supérieur de la magistrature and the one competent for judges. He is also chairman of the board of the Ecole nationale de la magistrature.