Kia ora koutou katoa

The Judicial Pacific Participation Fund is a professional development initiative supported by New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ministry of Justice. It recognises the good will and close relationships which exist between the New Zealand and Pacific Island judiciaries and provides development opportunities and activities for judges, other judicial officers and court officers throughout the Pacific.

Increasing the strength of and respect for the courts, judiciary, and the rule of law in the Pacific is a key focus of this fund. A strong and independent judiciary in the Pacific enhances its reputation as a stable, high-quality legal environment for citizens and businesses. Te Kura Kaiwhakawā/Institute of Judicial Studies manages the programme on behalf of Te Tari Toko i te Tumu Whakawā/The Office of the Chief Justice and the New Zealand judiciary.

Our partner countries are Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent restrictions on travel between New Zealand and Pacific countries, Te Kura has revised its approach to support Pacific judiciaries and courts. It has expanded its mentoring programmes and developed specific resources that are accessible across the Pacific. These resources include:

  • a range of video and written support material that can be accessed by individual judicial officers and court staff, and tailored for locally-developed education programmes
  • the production of bench book materials, and
  • resources for local facilitators.

These resources are available to all Pacific judicial officers and court staff of partner countries who register here.

Judicial officers and court staff may apply for other support through the Application for professional development support form.  It's best to contact us in the first instance to discuss your application.