What is the APJRF?
The Asia Pacific Judicial Reform Forum (APJRF) is a network of 49 superior courts and justice sector agencies in the Asia Pacific Region who have joined together to contribute to judicial reform in the region. It resulted from the Manila Declaration on Judicial Reforms in 2005, which called for a forum to learn from judicial reform successes and failures.

What is the APJRF’s purpose?
The APJRF’s purpose is to create a network to support Asia Pacific jurisdictions committed to advancing judicial reform.

What projects has the APJRF been working on?
From 2007 to 2009, the main focus was on developing a handbook of practical tools to help member countries implement judicial reform programs. The APJRF received funding from the United Nations Democracy Fund to facilitate this. The Handbook was published in 2009 and has been launched throughout the region.
[Further details, and an electronic copy of the publication…]

The APJRF's successful Fifth Meeting was held in Singapore on 31 October and 1 November 2013. It focused on Developing Judicial Capabilities to enhance Public and International Confidence in Legal Systems. There is a Summary of the 5th APJRF Meeting. Papers and presentations discussed in the meeting have been uploaded to the final program here.


APJRF Secretariat
The APJRF Secretariat is chaired by the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC and managed by Ms Philippa Lynch, the Chief Executive & Principal Registrar of the High Court of Australia. It consists of representatives from a number of nations, working cooperatively with international development organisations (including the UNDP, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank). The members of the Secretariat have previously designed and implemented law and justice development assistance programmes in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Organisations supporting the APJRF
Many other organisations have indicated their support for APJRF activities, including: the Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific; the International Commission of Jurists; Transparency International; the International Development Law Organisation; LAWASIA; the International Organisation for Judicial Training; the Asia Pacific Judicial Educators Forum; the International Association of Women Judges; the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute; the Council of Chief Justices of Australia and New Zealand; the Australian Bar Association; and the Law Council of Australia.

The work of the APJRF will increase opportunities for judicial reform in the Asia Pacific Region, and develop collective solutions to meet challenges facing the judiciary by:

  • sharing knowledge on judicial reforms
  • creating a common vision for judicial development
  • supporting partnerships with organisations and institutions
    supporting human rights-based justice reforms
  • developing practical tools for successful judicial reform and supporting country level implementation.

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