About the workshop
Ongoing legal and judicial reforms focus on transforming the performance of court systems, in particular by dramatically enhancing court administration. These measures aim to clear backlogs and improve the quality, consistency and speed of delivery in judicial decision-making processes. What is the right balance to be struck between speed and simplicity and the need to give full and due consideration to complex and serious matters? Between formality and accessibility? Changes to the organisational structure of the court system, improvements to the management of resources and to court proceedings are all central components of worldwide justice reform. But how should court administration be organised? How should the effectiveness of a court be assessed? Can it be measured? How can consistency in the approach to sentencing be achieved without reducing the freedom of judges to deliver justice based on the individual circumstances of each particular case?.
This workshop is designed to answer these and many more questions. It will look in depth at the management and administration of court systems. Through a combination of presentations, counterpart meetings, workshops and court visits, you will learn about new strategies for judicial administration and ongoing service improvements. You will observe first-hand how these ideas have been put into practice in England and Wales. You will follow the process through from the first instance courts up to the Court of Appeal and ultimately to the Supreme Court to see how justice delivery and court service differs at each level. The emphasis throughout will be on pragmatic, applicable approaches for implementing change based on ‘what works.’ You will be introduced to the process of benchmarking, encouraging you to look critically at a range of methods and processes and to select those most suited for adapting to your own judicial system.
Who is it for?
This two-week workshop is designed for policy makers, practitioners and senior decision-makers across the justice sector.
These will include:
- Court administrators
- Case managers
- Legal and judicial reform specialists
- Others concerned with making the justice sector work more effectively for the benefit of all citizens, to uphold the rule of law, encourage inward investment and advance speedy, fair and reliable justice.
How participants will benefit
By the end of the workshop you will learn about:
- Benchmarking approaches and techniques
- Initiatives to achieve speedy justice
- Alternative dispute resolution techniques
- Approaches to achieving consistency in sentencing
- How to enhance ethical working and reduce the risks of corruption
- The benefits of judicial case management
- Processes for measuring and inspecting court performance
- The role of e-systems in the justice sector
- New approaches to dealing with those involved in court proceedings, especially vulnerable witnesses and defendants
- Ways of improving paper-based and electronic court information and records management
- The role of professional bodies in achieving and maintaining professional standards
What the workshop will cover
The workshop will include briefing sessions, discussions, case studies, practical work and visits. It has been designed to be flexible so that it can be adjusted wherever practicable to meet your specific requirements and those of your organisation.