Lady Brenda Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court
becomes Patron of the CMJA Endowment Trust
Chief Magistrate Matankiso Nthunya represented the
CMJA at the East African Magistrates and Judges Conference
held in Kigali, Rwanda.
Justice Charles Mkandawire represented the CMJA
at the UNODC's consultation on the Judicial
Global Integrity Network in Windhoek, Namibia, in October
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
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.
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.
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.
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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