4th National Symposium on Court Management


Annotated agenda

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Key elements of an effective rule of court for presiding judges

The essential functions of courts

Reengineering: Principles and structure

Executive summaries from past Symposia

Sunday, November 3, 2013

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Welcome Reception

Monday, November 4, 2013

Subject 1-A: Leadership and Judicial Education

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM:   Opening Plenary 1.0:  Leadership in Judicial Education
Effective leadership is essential to communicate the inextricable link between the rule of law and judicial professionalism. Strong leadership also enhances political support for judicial education institutions, encourages the appropriation of adequate funding, and inspires public confidence in the judiciary.  This session will explore the role and responsibilities of four principle sources of judicial education leadership: the President/ Chief Justice of the highest tribunal or other judge with leadership responsibility for judicial education, the Judicial Education Institute Director, the Institute Advisory Board, and, in many countries, the Ministry of Justice.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM:   Break

10:30 AM - Noon: Concurrent sessions -- 

Session 1.1: Leadership Skills for Judges
This session will enable participants to identify the leadership skills judges should have to be effective in deciding cases and in representing the courts before other governmental entities and the public.

Session 1.2: Leadership Skills for Judicial Educators
Description: Judicial educators require leadership skills to work effectively with judges to develop and implement high-quality judicial education curricula. This session will explore how judicial educators can identify and obtain necessary leadership skills.

Session 1.3: Judicial Education as a Policy Instrument
Judicial education programs can encourage judges to consider different ways of administering justice, often in ways that have policy implications. How can judicial education be used in the most appropriate and effective way to incorporate and promote policy.

Session 1.4: The Building Blocks of Judicial Education Institutes: Governance, Funding, and Infrastructure
Effective judicial education institutes have common attributes in any culture: They all require good governance structures, they all need adequate and continuing funding, and they all need staff and administrative support. This session will highlight judicial education institute best practices in these areas.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent sessions --

Session 1.5: Challenges for Recently Established Training Institutes
This session will be a hands-on workshop exploring the governance, funding, and infrastructure issues considered in Session 1.4.

Session 1.6:  Judicial Education Program Evaluation

Evaluation of the effectiveness of judicial education is considered to be a standard practice for well-functioning judicial education institutes.  This session will review the levels of program evaluations that can be done and what can be accomplished with the different levels. Participants will consider evaluation methods from the most basic “did you like the program” to outcome evaluations and “return on investment” evaluations that may ultimately be used to evaluate the performance of judicial officers.

Session 1.7:  Curriculum Design and Development

In this session the faculty will explain what is meant by the term “curriculum” and how curricula can be designed and developed.  Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences in designing and developing curricula.

3:30 – 5:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions --

Session 1.8:  Dispute Resolution and Case Management Skills for Judges in Common Law Countries
This session will focus on how to develop education that will enhance judicial skills in resolving disputes and managing cases.

Session 1.9: Dispute Resolution and Case Management Skills for Judges in Civil Law Countries
This session will focus on how to develop education that will enhance judicial skills in resolving disputes and managing cases.

Session 1.10:  Decision Making: Assessing Credibility and Fact Finding
How can judges be given the tools and the practice they need to become fair and impartial decision-makers?  Participants will discuss how to develop education programming that can accomplish these goals.

Session 1.11:  Judicial Demeanor and Communication

People who come before the courts want the opportunity to be heard by an impartial judge.  This session will explore how to improve judges’ listening and communication skills.

6:00 – 8:00 PM -- Reception