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
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
The CMJA President, His Hon. Chief Judge John Lowndes
has agreed that a paper he presented to a Seminar in Dili,
East Timor in July 2016 on "JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE
AND JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE COALFACE OF THE AUSTRALIAN
JUDICIARY" should be made available on the CMJA's
here to view the paper.
The CMJA was represented at the East African
Magistrates and Judges Association (EAMJA) Conference
and AGM held in Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda from 31 October-4
November 2016. The Theme of the Conference was: Transformation
of Judiciaries in East Africa for Improved Service Delivery.
The CMJA was represented by Dr Karen Brewer, Secretary General,
Chief Magistrate Matankiso Nthunya, Regional Vice President
and Justice Patrick Kiage, Council Member for Kenya. Dr
Karen Brewer made a presention on "Transformation
of the Judiciary in the Commonwealth with reference to the
Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles". Chief
Magistrate Nthunya made a report to the EAMJA AGM and Justice
Kiage attended the pre-Conference Council Meeting of the
Dr Brewer and Justice Kiage also attended
the pre-conference Colloquium on "Gender Equality
Jurisprudence adn the Role of the Judiciary in Promoting
Women's Access to Justice"
here for the Resolutions from the Meeting
The CMJA was represented at the Senior Officials
of Law Ministers Meeting and the Meeting of Small States
of Law Ministries which were held in London at the Commonwealth
Secretariat. The CMJA presented a report to both meetings
on its activities and work. It was also involved
in the presentation in the wings of this meeting on the
Latimer House Toolkit.
The CMJA holds a successful Conference in Georgetown,
Guyana on the theme: "The Judiciary as Guarantors
of the Rule of Law" which was attended by over
220 delegates from 33 jurisdictions in the Commonwealth.
The following are some of the reports issued at the time:
The CMJA is delighted to announce the launch of
the we are delighted to announce the launch of the updated
A Guide for the Magistrate in the Commonwealth: Fundamental
Principles and Recommended Practices (formerly "The
Magistrate in the Commonwealth : A Training Manual").We
are deeply grateful to the CMJA President, Chief Judge,
John Lowndes for all his assistance with this Guide. Click
here for further information.
The CMJA, CLEA and Rechters voor Recthers (Judges
for Judges) issued a Statement
relating to the judges in Botswana in 2015 on 16
The CMJA supported the International Commission of Jurists
oral statement given to the UN Human Rights Council on 16
June 2016 on "Judicial
Accountability and Attacks on Lawyers" which
co-incides with the launch of the ICJ's new
Practionners Guide on Judicial Accountability.
The CMJA also supported the International Bar Association
Human Rights Initiative's oral statement on "Indicators
of Independence of Justice Systems" which was
delivered ot the UN Human Rights Council on 16 June 2016.
The CMJA and CLA provided a Joint Written Briefing on
the Independence of Judges and Lawyers for the UN Special
Rapporteur on the Independence of judges and Lawyers in
anticipation of the Interactive Dialogue with the Special
Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers held
on 15 June 2016.
The CMJA was represented by Council Member, Mrs Sybil Roach
Tennant, JP and the CMJA Secretary General at the Joint
Commonwealth Secretariat /British Red Cross seminar, "Law,
Humanity and the Commonwealth," held in London
on 13 June 2016
As Her Majesty The Queen is the CMJA Patron, we were invited
to send two representatives to the Patron's Lunch
held on the Mall in London on 12 June 2016. Despite the
inclement weather, Dr Karen Brewer and Temi Akinwotu were
present on the day. The CMJA also sent a letter of congratulations
to Her Majesty on her birthday in April 2016.
Justice John Logan represented the CMJA and spoke on "Relationship
between Parliament, the Judiciary and the Executive"
at the 27th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Seminar held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from
7-11 June 2016.
The CMJA Secretary General participated in the Commonwealth
Meeting for Civil Society, Business and Government Leaders
on Anti- Corruption on 11 May 2016 at Marlborough House,
London. This meeting was organised prior to the Anti- Corruption
Summit organised by the British government on 12 May 2016.
The CMJA was invited to participate in the International
Commission of Jurists Conference on Emerging Threats to
Judicial Independence held in Harare, Zimbabwe from
28-29 April 2016. His Hon. Justice Charles Mkandawire, Council
Member and ICJ Commissioner spoke about the importance of
implementing the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles
at the Conference.
The CMJA supported the International Bar Association's Human
Right Initiative (IBAHRI) oral submission on 17 March 2016
to the UN Human Rights Council on "The
Role of the UPR in advancing human rights in the administration
of justice". The IBAHRI also prodcued a
report on the same issue which was also launched on
port which was launched on 17 March 2016. A copy of the
report is available from the IBAHRI website. Click
here for the report.
The CMJA Secretary General, Dr Karen Brewer, participated
in a mission to Bangladesh with Mrs Katalaina Sapolu
(Director) Mr Mark Guthrie (Justice Section) sponsored by
the Commonwealth Secretariat's Rule of Law Division.
The CMJA Director of Programmes, Judge Shamim Qureshi, along
with Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale (Turks and Caicos
Islands), Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn (Cayman Islands) and
Mr Mark Guthrie (Rule of Law Division, Commonwealth Secretariat)
undertook separate training of police prosecutors and magistrates
in Guyana on domestic violence issues. We are grateful
to the Commonwealth Secretariat for their support of this
training. The opening was attended by the President of Guyana
and Chancellor Carl Singh, Head of the Guyanese Judiciary.
See RECENT DEVELOPMENTS (BELOW) FOR FURTHER
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