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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

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The CMJA issues Statements in relation to Judicial Independence issues from time to time, on occaision jointly with other organisations.

In addition, the CMJA has issued a number of Resolutions during its Conferences.

Please click on the links below for these Statements and Resolutions


May - Lesotho
Joint Statement in Support of the Chief Justice of Lesotho.

April- Seychelles
Joint Statement in Support of the Judiciary in Seychelles.

September - Kenya
Joint Statement condemning the Threats against the Judiciary of Kenya

July - Kenya
Joint Statement in support of the Judiciary of Kenya

February - Cameroon
Joint Statement on the Arrest and Detention of Lawyers and Judges

June - Botswana

Joint Statement on the Suspension of the Four Judges in Botswana

October - Botswana
Statement on the Impeachment of four judges in Botswana

Resolution on the Lack of Suffiicent Resources in the Courts- Click here to read the resolution

July - South Africa
Joint Statement on the failure of the South African State to abide by court orders for the arrest of Al-Bashir in line with their ICC obligations.

April - Swaziland
Joint Statement on the arrests of the Chief Justice and Justice Simelane and Justice Annadale.

December -Malawi

Joint statement on the Strike of Judicial Officers and Staff in Malawi.

December - Maldives
Joint Statement on the Amendment to the Judicature Act and subsequent removal of Chief Justice Faiz and Justice Adnan from the Supreme Court of the Maldives.

January - Nauru
The CLA, CLEA and CMJA issued a Statement following the forced removal and deportation of Magistrate Peter Law from Nauru, the disregard for the Chief Justice's injunction on the matter and the revocation of the Chief Justice's visa to enter Nauru.

October 2013- CHOGM

The CLA, CLEA and CMJA made a submission to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and to the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department about their concerns about the lack of respect for the Commonwealth fundamental values in the run up the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held in Sri Lanka in November.

April 2013- Sri Lanka
The CLA, CLEA and CMJA issued a Resolution at the 18th Commonwealth Law Conference being held in Cape Town, South Africa on the rule of law and threats against judicial independence in Sri Lanka and urged the Commonwealth to consider placing Sri Lanka on the agenda of the next CMAG meeting and consider not moving the CHOGM from Sri Lanka. Click here for the full statement.

December - Sri Lanka
CMJA, CLA and CLEA issue statement on the Impeachment of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. Click here for the full text.

November - Sri Lanka
CMJA, CLA and CLEA issue statement on the Impeachment of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. Click here for the full text.

September - CMJA Resolution on Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles
CMJA Council adopt Resolution calling for better respect for the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles. Click here for Resolution

August - SADC Trinbunal
Joint statement on the SADC Tribunal. Click here for Statement

October - Status of Magistrates

CMJA Resolution on the Status of Magistrates issued at the CMJA Conference in Turks and Caicos.

October- Resolution on Children and the Law
CMJA Resolution on Justice for the Next Generation
The Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children in contact with the Law



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