CLA, CLEA and CMJA issue a
Statement condemning the Threats against the Judiciary of
Kenya following the decision of the Supreme Court on
1 September 2017 annulling the Presidential Elections.
CLA, CLEA and CMJA issue a Statement in support of the Judiciary
The CMJA joined a
Statement presented by the International Bar Association's
Human Rights Initiative during the Interactive Dialogue
with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges
and Lawyers held in Geneva on 12 June 2017.
The Hon. Justice Kipling Douglas, Hon. Life President of
the CMJA and former President passed away on 18 June 2017.
to the Life of Justice Douglas from the Cayman Islands
The CMJA was delighted to welcome the Judicial
Conference of Australia as a New Member Association
of the CMJA.
The CMJA and Commonwealth Secretariat ran a course on on
judicial independence, ethics, and the protection of human
rights in Dhaka, Bangladesh for 39 magistrates at the Supreme
Court of Bangladesh. The conference was opened in the presence
of Mr Justice Muhammad Imman Ali of the Appellate Division
of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. It included several
notable speeches and presenters, including Mr Justice Moyeenul
Islam Chowdhury, High Court of Bangladesh, Judge Ray Rinaudo,
Chief Magistrate of Queensland in Australia, and District
Judge Shamim Qureshi, the CMJA Director of Programmes. The
Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Mr Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha
was the Keyniote Speaker at the Closing Ceremony. The Course
was organised and facilitated by Mr Mark Guthrie, Legal
Advisor to the Justice Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The CMJA participated in the Commonwealth Law Conference
held in Melbourne, Australia. The CMJA President, Chief
Judge Dr John Lowndes chaired the session on Judicial Indepedence.
The CMJA Secretary General, Dr Karen Brewer also participated
in the Conference.
CLA, CLEA, CMJA issued a Joint
Statement on the arrest of lawyers and Judges in the
The CMJA was delighted to receive a Gift of £2500
from the Patron's Fund which will be used to print and
widely distribute the "Guide for the Magistrate in
the Commonwealth: Fundamental Principles and Recommended
Practices". See Press
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