CMJA PREVIOUS REPORTS
(For current new see the home
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
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
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
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 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
Return to Top
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
Please click on the links below for these Statements and Resolutions
February - Cameroon
on the Arrest and Detention of Lawyers and Judges
June - Botswana
on the Suspension of the Four Judges in Botswana
October - Botswana
on the Impeachment of four judges in Botswana
Resolution on the Lack of Suffiicent Resources in the Courts-
here to read the resolution
July - South Africa
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
Statement on the arrests of the Chief Justice and Justice Simelane
and Justice Annadale.
on the Strike of Judicial Officers and Staff in Malawi.
December - Maldives
on the Amendment to the Judicature Act and subsequent removal of
Chief Justice Faiz and Justice Adnan from the Supreme Court of the
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
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
on the Status of Magistrates issued at the CMJA Conference in
Turks and Caicos.
October- Resolution on Children and the Law
Resolution on Justice for the Next Generation
The Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children in contact
with the Law