Current projects

  • Updating our sentencing publications

New community-based sentencing options were introduced by the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017) which commenced 24 September 2018. The Commission has updated relevant bench books and published an article in the Judicial Officers’ Bulletin to explain these changes.

  • International Organization for Judicial Training judicial training principles

The Commission is a member of the International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) and participated in the 8th International Conference held in Manila, the Philippines in late 2017. The conference unanimously resolved to adopt the Declaration of Judicial Training Principles. The principles apply to the IOJT’s 129 member training organisations.

  • International Judicial Education and Training journal Issue 6 to publish in December 2018

The Commission is in the process of working with the International Organization for Judicial Training to publish Issue 6 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 8th International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary, held in the Philippines, in November 2017.

  • Cultural diversity online training program published 

The Commission has developed an online training module on cultural diversity for judicial officers, in partnership with other Australian judicial education providers. The training package is divided 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

The training program may be accessed on the Judicial Council of Cultural Diversity (JCCD) website. An article about the training program by the Chair of the JCCD, the Honourable Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC, has been published in the June 2017 issue of the Judicial Officers’ Bulletin.

  • Integrated criminal case system database is being developed for Papua New Guinea’s justice sector

The Judicial Commission has developed 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 pilot ICCSD is now operating in three provinces of PNG 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.

  • 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.