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Building Connections and Sharing Education Resources in Judicial Education. Victor Hall, General Secretary, European Judicial Training Network The Honourable Justice Thea P. Herman, National Judicial Institute Sandra E. Oxner , Chair, Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute

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Building connections and sharing education resources in judicial education

Building Connections and Sharing Education Resources in Judicial Education

Victor Hall, General Secretary, European Judicial Training Network

The Honourable Justice Thea P. Herman,National Judicial Institute

Sandra E. Oxner, Chair, Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute

4th International Conference on the Training of the JudiciarySydney, Australia


Building connections and sharing education resources in judicial education

A. Working to Build Connections: Why a Network?


National judicial institute

National Judicial Institute

The Canadian Context:

  • Federal state

  • Large country

  • Diverse population

  • Bijural and bilingual

  • First Nations/Aboriginal peoples


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National Judicial Institute

The model:

A single national, bilingual education body providing overall coordinating and information-sharing function with respect to judicial education in Canada

The ‘repository’ and ‘inventory’ of judicial education expertise in Canada


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National Judicial Institute

NJI programming and resources –

  • 85 programs annually:

  • Court-based programming

  • NJI programs

  • Online programs

  • Other resources:

    • Judicial Library

    • Bench Books

    • Modules


  • European judicial training network

    European Judicial Training Network

    Organising Pan-Continental Legal Training

    • European Judicial Training Network Mission Statement

    • Imperatives at European level

    • Membership

    • Supremacy of European Law> commonality

    • Genesis and political iterations

    • Mutual recognition/area of freedom, security and justice


    Commonwealth judicial education institute cjei

    Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI)

    • Establishing the CJEI

    • Examples of Various Connections

      • CJEI Patrons

      • CJEI Fellows

      • CJEI Report

      • CJEI Biennial Meetings

      • CJEI Programmes


    Building connections and sharing education resources in judicial education

    B. Using the Connections in Support of Judicial Education


    Building connections and sharing education resources in judicial education

    European Judicial Training Network

    Implementation:

    • Need for inclusivity

    • All members are equal, however large or small

    • Wealth of country irrelevant

    • Differential membership fees based on GDP

    • Equality of voting

    • Rule change to give Steering Committee discretion

    • Open to corps judiciaire of all EU countries


    European judicial training network1

    European Judicial Training Network

    Implementation (ii):

    • Structure:

      • General Assembly

      • Secretary General

      • Steering Committee

      • Working Groups and sub-groups

        • Programmes WG with 4 sub-groups

        • Exchange Programme WG

        • Technologies WG

        • External Relations WG


    Commonwealth judicial education institute cjei1

    Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI)

    • CJEI Gateway

      - Commonwealth electronic linkage network for judicial education materials


    National judicial institute3

    National Judicial Institute

    Supporting the Network:

    • Judicial Faculty Development

    • International Judicial Faculty Development

    • Court Education Chairs Programs

    • Judge-led course design, planning and delivery

    • Judicial Associates

    • Education Guides

    • In the future?: College of Judicial Educators


    National judicial institute4

    National Judicial Institute

    NJI Educational Modules

    Example:

    Communicating in the Moment


    National judicial institute5

    National Judicial Institute


    National judicial institute6

    National Judicial Institute


    National judicial institute7

    National Judicial Institute


    Building connections and sharing education resources in judicial education

    C. Challenges in Maintaining Networks –

    The Way Forward


    Commonwealth judicial education institute cjei2

    Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI)

    • Challenges

    • Techniques for Overcoming Challenges


    National judicial institute8

    National Judicial Institute

    Challenges in Maintaining Networks:

    Domestically

    • Keeping open lines of communication

    • Different commitment, cultures, needs and approaches of partners

    • Making bilingualism effective and relevant

    • Depends on volunteer time by judges


    National judicial institute9

    National Judicial Institute

    Challenges in Maintaining Networks (ii):

    Internationally (JEDNET)

    • JEDNET – international project aimed at determining how to build and sustain networks, and share knowledge between judicial education bodies:

      • time/resources/staff

      • protecting judicial independence; promoting judicial ownership and leadership

      • difficult to sustain


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    National Judicial Institute

    Challenges in Maintaining Networks (iii):

    Network has to have ongoing value for participants


    European judicial training network2

    European Judicial Training Network

    Challenges:

    • Independence of the judiciary

    • Reciprocal enforcement > mutual trust

      • Size of geographical area and population

      • Independence from political input

      • Confidence in other judiciaries/level of judge giving judgement

      • Application of underlying law

      • Confidence, in and uniformity of training and its quality


    European judicial training network3

    European Judicial Training Network

    Challenges (ii):

    • Incorporation of European Law principles into national law

    • Levels of the judiciary trained nationally varies

      • Induction

      • Continuation

      • Junior versus higher ranked judges

    • Time made available – “judge release time”

    • Consensus politics –lowest common denominator?


    European judicial training network4

    European Judicial Training Network

    Challenges (iii):

    • Linguistics

    • Differing levels of participation

    • Downgrading importance of European Law nationally

    • Many different, national factors at work across the continent


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