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"The Judiciary as Guarantors of the Rule of Law"
Georgetown, Guyana

18-22 September 2016



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18-22 SEPTEMBER 2016
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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: 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.

December 2014
22 December 2014: CLA, CLEA, CMJA issue a statement on the Strike of Judicial Officers and Staff in Malawi.

16 December 2014: CLA, CLEA, CMJA issue 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.


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