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5th APJRF Meeting

FINAL PROGRAM
31 October & 1 November 2013


Venue: Supreme Court of Singapore, 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore 178879

 

Developing Judicial Capabilities to Enhance Public and International Confidence in Legal Systems

 

Thursday
31 October 2013

Session

Presenters

08.00 – 09.00

Registration

 

09.00 – 09.30

Welcome

The Hon Sundaresh Menon
Chief Justice of Singapore
'Inspiring Confidence in the Courts through Independence, Integrity and Competence' - Welcome Address by Chief Justice Menon

09.30 – 09.45

APJRF Update

Purpose and outcomes of the meeting

Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC
High Court of Australia and Chair of the APJRF Secretariat
APJRF Update

09.45 – 10.30

Keynote Address

Mr Bruce Davis AM
Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management
Asian Development Bank
Keynote Address

10.30 – 11.00

Morning Tea

 

11.00 - 12.30

Public and international confidence in legal systems:

  • Is it relevant and important?  How and why?
  • How can the level and quality of judicial capabilities affect that confidence?

Panel comprising :

Short presentations and plenary discussion, with commentary of panel chair.

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch

 

14.00 – 15.30

Public and international confidence in legal systems (cont.):

  • What judicial capabilities are relevant and important?
  • What can be done to improve those capabilities?

Panel comprising:

Short presentations and plenary discussion, with commentary of panel chair.

15.30 – 16.00

Afternoon Tea

 

16.00 – 17.00

Judicial role in interpreting constitutions and laws:

  • Impact on public and international confidence.
  • Implications for developing judicial capabilities.

Panel comprising:

Short presentations and plenary discussion, with commentary of panel chair.

 

Friday
1 November 2013

Session

Presenters

09.00 – 10.30

Corruption in legal systems:

  • Impacts on public and international confidence.
  • Judicial capabilities needed to deal with it.

Panel comprising:

Short presentations and plenary discussion, with commentary of panel chair.

10.30 – 11.00

Morning Tea

 

11.00 – 12.30

Judicial training and skills development:

  • How to go about identifying needs.
  • Where to go for help.

Panel comprising:

Short presentations and plenary discussion, with commentary of panel chair.

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch

 

14.00 – 15.30

Where to from here?

Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC
High Court of Australia and Chair of the APJRF Secretariat
Where To From Here

15.30 – 16.00

Afternoon Tea

 

 

SUMMARY OF THE 5TH MEETING OF THE APJRF

Summary of the 5th APJRF Meeting 1 November 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

4th APJRF Meeting, Beijing, 25-28 October 2010

The Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China hosted the 4th APJRF Meeting in Beijing between 25 and 28 October 2010.  The theme of the Meeting was "Using Technology to Improve Court Performance" and its focus was on using technology to improve access to justice, reduce case backlogs, improve judicial decision making and manage courts.

Papers are available on this site.

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APJRF Round Table Meeting 2009

The previous round table meeting of the Asia-Pacific Judicial Reform Forum (APJRF) was held in Singapore from 19 to 21 January 2009. The objective of the round table meeting was to review and discuss the chapters of a judicial reform publication written by Forum member countries along with judicial reform programmes which have been implemented in several member countries.

Photos and papers are available on this website.

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Peer Review/Validation Workshop, 1-3 April 2008, Bangkok

Underlying Drafting and Project Methodology:
The design of the Judicial Reform Handbook project was based upon the precept that Asia Pacific Judicial Reform Forum (APJRF) member countries will be closely involved in all stages of the project.

The Project’s Review and Validation Approach:
1. Remote Engagement -
• targeted feedback from 12 peer reviewers undertaking substantive chapter-based reviews; and
• wider discussions and also feedback on the draft content from the broader APJRF membership via email and the APJRF on-line discussion forum.
2. Direct Engagement - at the Peer Review/Validation Workshop.

Workshop Summary:
The aim of the Peer Review/Validation Workshop was to: maximise the quality and relevance of the proposed publication’s content; promote ownership of this project initiative within the APJRF’s membership; and further develop the APJRF’s reform network.

The workshop provided a forum for chapter authors, peer and other reviewers, and the APJRF membership’s representatives, the Project Board to interact. The feedback developed on draft contributions was actively discussed and incorporated in to the proposed text. This significantly strengthening the content and analysis within the publication, and allowed the content to be finalised.

The workshop report can be downloaded here:
Peer Reveiw/Validation Workshop button (PDF file - 0.07mb)

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Chapter Authors’ Inception Workshop: 31.10-2.11.2007, Bangkok

Aim of the Chapter Authors’ Inception Workshop: The aim of the Workshop was to contribute to the successful drafting of the Judicial Reform Handbook, developing a set of practical tools and resources to assist APJRF member countries to implement judicial reform programs more effectively.

The Purpose of the Chapter Authors’ Inception Workshop: The three-day workshop provided a forum in which to:

  • discuss and further develop the strategic outcomes of the Judicial Reform Handbook, and the role which chapter authors will play in this;
  • finalise the structure, content, and focus of the Handbook’s individual chapter topics and author contributions to align with the discussions on the outcomes to be achieved by the Handbook;
  • review the drafting approach to ensure that a unified methodology, focus, and approach to drafting is adopted by all authors; and
  • provide an opportunity for the team to interact, exchange ideas, and develop a collegial and supportive peer group.
The workshop report can be downloaded here:
Chapter Authors' Inception Workshop Report button (PDF file - 0.11mb)

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APJRF Round Table Meeting - 5.2007
The second APJRF Round Table Meeting was held between 27-29 May in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The Meeting was hosted by the Chief Justice of Malaysia and was attended by delegates from many APJRF member countries.

In addition to strengthening relationships between judiciaries in the Asia Pacific region, the Meeting had several objectives:

  • To review judicial reform programs implemented in several member countries and consider how these programs could be adapted and adopted by other countries across the region. Topics for discussion included:
      - Court and Tribunal Administrative Reform.
    - Procedural Reforms.
    - Case Management Reforms.
    - Caseload Audit and Backlog Reduction.
    - Access to Justice Initiatives.
    - Judicial Education.
    - Self Administration.
  • Presentation of the draft of a constitution for the Forum; and
  • Contributing to the development of the Judicial Reform Handbook project through the sharing of national reform efforts.
A summary of selected presentations at the meeting can be downloaded here:
Summary of Presentations button (PDF file - 0.30mb)

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First Round Table Discussion - 3.2006
In March 2006 the Federal Court of Australia hosted the 1st Round Table Discussion of the APJR Forum in Sydney, Australia. The objectives of the Meeting were:

  • to identify areas of high priority collaboration among Asia Pacific Chief Justices, judges and judicial academies; and
  • to examine judicial reform experiences that have potential for replication or adaptation by the APJR member countries.

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A summary of the outcomes of the meeting can be downloaded here:
Meeting Outcomes button (PDF file - 0.07mb)

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Transcripts of the meeting can be downloaded here:
Transcript Day 1 button (PDF file - 0.58mb)
Transcript Day 2 button (PDF file - 0.66mb)

sydphotosetAbove: APJRF - 1st Round Table Discussion - Sydney, March 2006

 

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