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April 2018
CLA, CLEA and CMJA issue a Statement in Support of the Judiciary in Seychelles. Click here for the Statement.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), London
The CMJA was represented at the Commonwealth Fora held in the wings of the CHOGM by Dr Karen Brewer Secretary General. Dr Brewer made contributions from the floor at the Women's Forum. In addition, the CMJA, as a member of the Latimer House Working Group was involved in the Panel session at the People's Forum (civil society) on Separation of Powers, Former Director of Studies and member of the Working Group, Hon. Keith Hollis spoke ont the panel about the importance of ensuring that the Commonwealth Latimer House Toolkit was used out by Commonwealth governments and about the importance of protecting judicial officers at the lower level who are not covered by constitutional norms. Other panellists included, Lady Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court who spoke about the importance of diversity in judicial appointments and a system based on merit, The Rt. Hon. Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the Malta Parliament who spoke about the importance of an independent parliament with its own resources. Mrs Cheryl Dorall. Commonwealth Journalists Association stressed the role of the media as an oversight mechanism in the separation of powers. The session was chaired by Mr Mark Guthrie, Acting Head of the Rule of Law Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat. We are grateful to Mrs Katherine Eden Haig, former CEO and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association for all her assistance with the organisation of this session with the Commonwealth Foundation.

CMJA Council Member from Canada, Justice Lynne Leitch, was appointed to the First Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network which was launched in Vienna. Austria on 9-10 April 2018.

The CMJA former Director of Studies, Hon. Keith Hollis, organised a Panel Session on behalf of the CMJA at the Conference launching the Global Judicial Integrity Network on "A Trade-Off? Balancing Independence and Accountability" . Panellists included Justice Charles Mkandawire, Council member for Malawi and Justice Lynne Leitch. Reporting back, Justice Mkandawire indicated that the session had been extremely well attended and the issues raised, in particular the status of magistrates and the need to follow due process to be followed when disciplining judicial officers were of particular concern to those participating.

March 2018
CMJA holds a Training Course on Case Management, Judicial Ethics and Independence for judges and magistrates in Banjul, The Gambia from 20-22 March 2018. The CMJA is the first organisation to run a Commonwealth programme in Banjul since they re-joined on 8 February 2018. We are very grateful to the UK Cabinet Office, especially the Commonwealth Summit 2018 Unit and the British High Commission in Banjul for all their support of this programme. Click here to see the video

February 2018
CMJA held its second Training Course on Case Management and Judicial Ethics jointly with the UK Civil Service College. Judicial Officers from Singapore, England and Wales, Isle of Man, Ghana and Barbados.

CLA, CLEA and CMJA issue a Statement in support of the Judiciary in Kenya

January 2018
CMJA former Executive Vice President, Sir Henry Brooke passes away (see obituary in the Times)

December 2017
Lady Brenda Hale,
President of the UK Supreme Court
becomes Patron of the CMJA Endowment Trust

November 2017
Chief Magistrate Matankiso Nthunya represented the CMJA at the East African Magistrates and Judges Conference held in Kigali, Rwanda.

October 2017
Justice Charles Mkandawire represented the CMJA at the UNODC's consultation on the Judicial Global Integrity Network in Windhoek, Namibia, in October 2017.

The CMJA Secretary General represented the CMJA at the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in The Bahamas where she spoke abou the activities of the CMJA since the last meeting in Botswana. Click here for the Outcome Statement.

The CMJA Secretary Genera, Dr Brewer, l paid a courtesy visit the East African Court of Justice in Arusha and met with the President of the Court, Hon. Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, the Registrar of the Court, Mr Yufnailis Okubo and the Deputy Registrar, Mrs Geraldine Umugwaneza. The East African Court of Justice is currently the only Institutional Member of the CMJA and Dr Brewer expressed her gratitude to the Court and individual judges at for their support of the aims of the Association. She also learned more about the workings fo the Court.

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


January- Nigeria
Joint Statement on the Chief Justice of Nigeria.


November - Pakistan
Joint Statement on threat to Judges and Lawyers in Asia Bibi's case in Pakistan.

September- Lesotho
CMJA issues a Statement on the Suspension of the Chief Justice of Lesotho.

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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