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Closing Date: 30 March 2018
Click here: For Vacancy at the Commonwealth Lawyers Association



"Becoming Stronger Together"

CMJA 18TH Triennial Conference
9-14 September 2018

Brisbane, Australia




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WRI have received a small grant to enhance their networks of activist widows groups and lawyers dealing with cases related to harmful cultural mourning rites and the inhumane treatment of widows. It is gathering information with a view to sharing good practice in improving the rights of widows. If you are a lawyer or judicial officer working in this field in Sub-Saharan Africa or know of a widows group or law firm undertaking such work, WRI would like to hear from you so that it can build up a repository of good practice and lessons learned and case law. See www.widowsrights.org

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11 January 2018

Judicial Conference of Australia issues a media statement:

Judges and Magistrates Should not be
Collateral Damage in Political Dispute
Click here for the Statement



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February 2018
CLA, CLEA and CMJA issue a Statement in support of the Judiciary in Kenya

January 2018
CMJA former Executive Vice President, Sir Henry Brooke passes away (see obituary in the Times)

December 2017
Lady Brenda Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court
becomes Patron of the CMJA Endowment Trust

November 2017
Chief Magistrate Matankiso Nthunya represented the CMJA at the East African Magistrates and Judges Conference held in Kigali, Rwanda.

October 2017
Justice Charles Mkandawire represented the CMJA at the UNODC's consultation on the Judicial Global Integrity Network in Windhoek, Namibia, in October 2017.

The CMJA Secretary General represented the CMJA at the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in The Bahamas where she spoke abou the activities of the CMJA since the last meeting in Botswana. Click here for the Outcome Statement.

The CMJA Secretary Genera, Dr Brewer, l paid a courtesy visit the East African Court of Justice in Arusha and met with the President of the Court, Hon. Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, the Registrar of the Court, Mr Yufnailis Okubo and the Deputy Registrar, Mrs Geraldine Umugwaneza. The East African Court of Justice is currently the only Institutional Member of the CMJA and Dr Brewer expressed her gratitude to the Court and individual judges at for their support of the aims of the Association. She also learned more about the workings fo the Court.

September 2017
The CMJA Conference on "Building an Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Judiciary" was held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 24-28 September 2017 attracting 360 participants from 41 jurisdictions, a record attendance for a regional conference of the CMJA. We are deeply grateful to the Judiciaries of Tanzania and Zanzibar, the Local Organising Committee and the Judges and Maigstrates Association of Tanzania for all their assistance in making this a memorable Conference as well as the many sponsors that supported the Conference. A full report will be available in due course

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.

August 2017
The former Director of Programmes, Hon. Keith Hollis represented the CMJA the Preparatory Meeting on the Global Judicial Integrity Network organised by UNODC in Vienna, Austria. The UNODC is hoping to set up this network of judges from around the globe to combat corruption. They have also issued a survey which they hope will assist them in finalising what the network and portal will consist of. Further information is available from the CMJA Secretary General on this issue.

July 2017
CLA, CLEA and CMJA issue a Statement in support of the Judiciary of Kenya.

June 2017
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. See Tribute to the Life of Justice Douglas from the Cayman Islands Chief Justice

May 2017
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.

March 2017
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.

February 2017
CLA, CLEA, CMJA issued a Joint Statement on the arrest of lawyers and Judges in the Cameroon.

January 2017
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 Release


Previous reports on activities: Click here




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