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CMJA PREVIOUS REPORTS
(For current new see the home page)

December 2016
T
he 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 website. Click here to view the paper.

November 2016
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 EAMJA.

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"

Click here for the Resolutions from the Meeting

October 2016
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.

September 2016
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:

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/09/17/commonwealth-judges-and-magistrates-conference-opens-on-monday/

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/09/20/prime-minister-tells-commonwealth-judges-and-magistrates-conference-guyanas-judiciary-remains-free-from-political-influence/

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/09/23/use-of-optional-protocol-in-balancing-the-anti-terrorism-legislation-with-human-rights-highlighted/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3o2O-zRmmQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJeX0GCjksk

August 2016
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.

June 2016
The CMJA, CLEA and Rechters voor Recthers (Judges for Judges) issued a Statement relating to the judges in Botswana in 2015 on 16 June 2016.

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.

May 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.

April 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.

March 2016
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.

February 2016
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.

January 2016
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.

December 2015
The CMJA signs Memorandum of Understanding with the International Association of Youth and Family Court Judges and Magistrates for the exchange of Journals

The CMJA Secretary General participated in aCaribbean Regional Consultation organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat on a draft Model Law For Judicial Services Commissions. The consultation brought togehter judicial heads and senior judges in the Cayman Islands

November 2015
The CMJA Secretary General speaks at the First Commonwealth Women's Forum on Women's Leadership in the Judiciary. The Meeting was held in Malta from 22-24 November 2015, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

September 2015
At its meeting on 18th September, the CMJA General Assembly pased two resolutions:

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

Resolution on the tribunal set up to impeach four judges in Botswana: The CMJA General Assembly resolved to invite Council to consider a statement on the suspension and setting up of a tribunal to investigate the misbehaviour of four high court judges. Click here for the statement issued on 3 October 2015

The CMJA General Assembly also elected their new President on 18th September and the Regional Meetings held on 15th September elected Regional Council Members. The Hon. John Lowndes, Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory, Australia took over as President of the CMJA. Click here for the list of current Council Members.

August 2015
The Magna Carta to Commonwealth Charter Exhibtion is now in Malaysia since 27 July 2015- it is at the Kuala Lumpur Court and then wil be going to Penang. Follow the route on the CLA website. Click here to follow progress.

July 2015
On 1 July 2015, LA, CLEA, CMJA issue a 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.

June 2015
The Magna Carta to Commonwealth Charter Exhibtion is now in Malawi at the Parliament Building in Lilongwe, Malawi until 10 July 2015. Follow the route on the CLA website. Click here to follow progress.

May 2015
Justice Charles Mkandawire, Regional Vice President for East, Central and Southern Africa and ICJ Commissioner, participated in the ICJ mission to Swaziland (supported by the CMJA) following the arrests and suspension of the Chief Justice and Justices Simelane and Annadale in April. A full report will be available in due course but the mission found deep flaws in the justice system: http://www.icj.org/swaziland-mission-finds-deep-flaws-in-justice-system/

The Magna Carta to Commonwealth Charter Exhibition was in Osgoode Hall, Toronto from 4-14 May. a

April 2015
On 23 April 2015, LA, CLEA, CMJA issue a statement on the arrests of the Chief Justice of Swaziland and Justice Simelane and Justice Annadale.

The CMJA Secretary General also participated in the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Cybersecurity Forum held in London on "Securing Cyberspace for Economic and Social Development". She participated as one of the panellists on the Commonwealth's response to Cybercrime.

The CMJA Secretary General participated in the Commonwealth Law Conference held in Glasgow from 12-16 April 2015. She spoke in the session on Model Form of Judicial Appointments. A copy of her speech is available from the CMJA secretariat.

February 2015
We were very sad to learn of the passing of the Chairperson of the Gender Section and Hon. Life Vice President, Mrs Clover Thompson Gordon who was a dedicated member of Council for many years. She will be sadly missed by all of us.

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STATEMENTS AND RESOLUTIONS

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

2017
February - Cameroon
Joint Statement on the Arrest and Detention of Lawyers and Judges

2016
June - Botswana

Joint Statement on the Suspension of the Four Judges in Botswana

2015
October - Botswana
Statement on the Impeachment of four judges in Botswana

September
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.

2014
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.

2013
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.

2012
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

2009
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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