Our aims and objectives are:
to advance the administration of the law by promoting the independence of
to advance education in the law, the administration of justice, the treatment
of offenders and the prevention of crime within the Commonwealth;
[The Rule of Law can only be observed if there is a strong and independent judiciary which
is sufficiently equipped and prepared to apply such laws. Victoria Falls Proclamation,
to disseminate information and literature on all matters of interest concerning
the legal process within the various countries comprising the Commonwealth;
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The Association was founded in 1970
as the Commonwealth Magistrates' Association and the
current name was adopted in 1988. The Association is
registered as a charitable organisation in the United
Kingdom. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee and not
having a Share Capital.
The Association has a staff of two:
Executive and Admin Officer
The Association is governed by a General Assembly of its Members which meets not
less frequently than every fourth year.
It has been the normal practice of the Association for the General Assembly of
Members to be held during the week of the Triennial Conference. There is an elected Council upon
which sit three representatives from each of six regions:
East, Central and Southern Africa
Atlantic and Mediterranean
plus the President, the Executive Vice-President, the Treasurer.
Council also includes Life Vice Presidents and the
Immediate Past President. The Council meets at least
once a year. (See CMJA
The CMJA also has a Director of Programmes, a full time judge, who provides voluntary
assistance to organise the CMJA's educational programme. Our current Director of Programmes is District
Judge Shamim Qureshi (England and Wales).
The CMJA also has an Executive
Committee which meet four times a year.
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