Recent Achievements

Recent Achievements

  • 2020 –  In July 2020, following concerns expressed in 2015 about the allocation of resources and funding to the Judiciary and the Resolution on the Lack of Sufficient Resources in the Courts .  With the COVID 19 pandemic and the pressure on budgetary resources, the CMJA issued the Principles on The Funding and Resourcing of the Judiciary in the Commonwealth.
  • 2018–   Building on the previous work undertaken on the Status of Magistrates,  The CMJA’s General Assembly adopted,  on 13 September 2018 ,THE BRISBANE DECLARATION ON THE INDEPENDENCE AND INTEGRITY OF JUDICIAL OFFICERS OF THE LOWER COURTS.
  • 2017 –  In January 2017, the CMJA published: “A Guide for the Magistrate in the Commonwealth: Fundamental Principles and Recommended Practices”, following on from the work that had previously been undertaken on the Status of the Magistrates in the Commonwealth. This Guide is updated on a regular basis.
  • In July 2017, the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles Toolkit was launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Drafted by Dr Karen Brewer, Hon. Keith Hollis, Prof. Dr Peter Slinn with the assistance of representatives from the CLA, CLEA, CPA and CMJA, the organisations who are all members of the Latimer House Working Group was commissioned o to put together a Dialogue Toolkit with a view to enhancing the respect between the three pillars of democracy (namely the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary) in the Commonwealth. The Toolkit is in two parts: A Practioner’s Handbook and a Facilitator’s Guide.
  • In January 2017, the CMJA published “Guide for Magistrates in the Commonwealth: Fundamental Principles and Recommended Practices” (available in the CMJA Membership area) providing a valuable resource for on the key concepts and principles underpinning the role of the judiciary as one of the pillars of democracy and the important part that the magistracy (lower judiciary) play in promoting the rule of law and good governance.”
  • The CLA, CLEA and CMJA produced a report on “Judicial Appointments Commissions: A Clause for Constitutions” in May 2013 which sets out good practice for the establishment, composition and running of Judicial appointment commissions
  • The Association produced a report on the Status of Magistrates in February 2013 which provides a Guideline to ensuring the independence and integrity of judicial officers of limited jurisdiction.
  • The Commonwealth Principles (Latimer House) on the Three Branches of Government distilled from the Latimer House Guidelines for the Commonwealth on Parliamentary Supremacy and Judicial Indepdence, 1998 which were a result of the Joint Colloquium on Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Independence of the Judiciary (a co-operative venture with the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association) and the continued work in promoting the Principles throughout the Commonwealth in particular the Edinburgh Plan of Action for the Implementation and Development of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles.
  • The CMJA has been the repository of the Codes of Conduct/Ethics of judiciaries around the Commonwealth since 1998. Fighting Corruption in the Judiciary is a priority area and the Association has been promoting the Limassol Conclusions agreed in 2002.
  • The re-launch of the Judicial Education Programme under the auspices of a Director of Studies in 1999; The CMJA has organised training courses, seminars, workshops and Conferences to assist in the development and maintenance of good standards in the judiciary, human rights, judicial independence and the fight against corruption.
  • The establishment of CMJA’s Gender Section and the subsequent involvement of the Association in four Regional Judicial Colloquia on Women’s Rights in conjunction with the Gender and Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, held in Zimbabwe (1994), the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing (1995), Hong Kong (1996) and Guyana (1996); and the Gender Section conferences held in St Lucia (1999), the Bahamas (2000) and Barbados (2001); London (2002) and Bermuda (2008).
  • The contribution to the April 1996 Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting which established a new Ministerial Working Group on the Independence of the Judiciary in the Commonwealth and to the subsequent Commonwealth Law Ministers Meetings and the continued liaison with the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
  • The Victoria Falls Proclamation 1994 approved by the General Assembly of the CMJA reaffirming the principles of the Independence of the Judiciary and the Rule of Law as a reaffirmation of Members’ commitment to the objectives of the Association.
  • The participation, as a accredited Commonwealth Association in the activities surrounding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in New Zealand, 1995 and Scotland, 1997, Durban 1999; Abuja 2003; Malta 2005.
  • The granting of Royal Patronage to the CMJA by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth.