12th-15th September 2021
CMJA Virtual Conference 12-15 September 2021
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the CMJA is venturing into new realms and is holding its 2021 conference virtually for the first time. Where possible we have tried to take into account the time differences so that you are able to participate in the Conference wherever you are in the Commonwealth.
This Conference is a unique opportunity for you to interact with other judicial officers to build the feeling of community with your colleagues.
The virtual conference will bring the expertise and knowledge of our distinguished speakers directly to you in your home or your office.
You can download a brochure for the Virtual Conference by clicking here.
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM
The President of the CMJA
We are delighted that, despite the continued pandemic and travel restrictions worldwide, the CMJA is able to organise a Conference this year. Whilst we appreciate that holding a Commonwealth-wide virtual conference may not be ideal for everyone, we feel that it is important that we gather our members together once again and we have much to discuss this year in relation to how the pandemic has affected the good administration of justice across the Commonwealth and how we can share our experiences and innovations going forward.
Our Director of Programmes, Judge Shamim Qureshi has put together an exciting programme for the CMJA on “Post Pandemic Innovations”. We all hope that the roll out of the vaccines across the world will take place quickly and that we can revert to our in-person conferences. However, in the meantime we would be delighted to see you online and for you to participate in the CMJA’s first virtual Conference.
His Hon. Justice Mankhambira Charles Mkandawire JA CMJA President
Keep up to date with developments leading up to the conference and live updates during the event.
The CMJA will be organising a Virtual Conference on the Theme: "Post Pandemic Innovations" from 12-15 September 2021. Details to follow shortly.
The CMJA has received the following information from the ICJ's Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
The ICJ's Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers has published a briefing note on the use of videoconferencing in judicial proceedings, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The briefing note recognizes the challenges faced by judiciaries in balancing the right to health of judges and others involved in court proceedings, with the fundamental role of the judiciary in securing access to justice, legal protection of human rights, and the rule of law.
It sets out a series of recommendations based on an analysis of relevant provisions of treaties and other international instruments, as well as international and regional jurisprudence.
While encouraging judiciaries and other authorities to seek to ensure availability of videoconferencing capabilities for litigants who voluntarily choose to use it, as well as in certain other circumstances, the guidance also highlights limits on the non-consensual imposition of videoconferencing on certain kinds of hearings, particularly criminal trials and judicial review of deprivation of liberty.
Among the topics covered are the following:
- ensuring public access to proceedings conducted by video conference;
- the scope for videoconferencing in criminal proceedings, and the particular issues with its use in criminal trials;
- serious concerns with non-consensual imposition of videoconferencing for the judicial review of deprivation of liberty;
- essential considerations for ensuring the right to a lawyer in any use of videoconferencing.
The Briefing Note on Videoconferencing can be downloaded at the following link:
More general guidance on the Courts and COVID-19 is also available here.
For more information, contact Matt Pollard, CIJL Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CMJA and COVID 19
The CMJA is following the UK Government's advice on COVID 19 and the CMJA Secretariat will be working from home for the next few weeks. If you need to contact us in relation to the Conference, please email us on email@example.com.
Dr Karen Brewer, CMJA Secretary General