Current projects

  • International Judicial Education and Training journal published in December 2016

The Commission has worked with the International Organization for Judicial Training to publish Issue 5 of the IOJT’s journal Judicial Education and Training. The journal publishes topical articles on the education and training of judges and justice sector professionals around the world. Most of the articles derive from the IOJT’s successful 7th International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary, held in Recife, Brazil, in November 2015.

The Commission will participate in the 8th International Conference to be held in the Philippines in 2017. Issue 6 of Judicial Education and Training will be published in early 2018 following on from the conference.

  • A cultural diversity online training package is expected to be released in 2017

In partnership with other Australian judicial education providers, we are developing online training modules on cultural diversity for judicial officers, for release by the end of 2017. The training package has been broken down into the following modules:

  1. Cultural awareness
  2. Australian multiculturalism
  3. Stereotyping, assumptions and prejudices
  4. Intercultural misunderstandings
  5. Plain English principles
  6. Hard-to-understand forms of communication
  7. Assessing the need for interpreting assistance
  8. Working with interpreters and translators
  • Integrated criminal case system database to be developed for Papua New Guinea

The Judicial Commission is developing an integrated criminal case system database (ICCSD) for the Papua New Guinea Law and Justice Sector. This follows our successful development of a sentencing database for PNG which is now fully operational.  The ICCSD will be able to track and monitor cases from the point of being charged by the police to the point of dispensation of penalty for all types of criminal cases including appeals. All vital information will be shared among law and justice agencies and be readily accessible through this single source allowing for significant improvement in data quality, currency of information and the way criminal cases are managed.

  • PNG Magistrate’s orientation training to be provided in 2017

The Commission has signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Magisterial Services of PNG to assist in the design and delivery of orientation training for new PNG magistrates in 2017. Since 2007, the Judicial Commission and the Local Court of NSW have provided assistance with professional development and judicial training programs for PNG magistrates.

  • Interactive learning modules on sentencing to be developed

The Commission is developing interactive learning modules on sentencing. These will be incorporated as a component of the Judicial Information Research System and will be available as a stand-alone app.