2020-21 Programme

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent restrictions on travel between New Zealand and Pacific countries, Te Kura Kaiwhakawā has revised the approach to support Pacific judiciaries and courts and is developing specific resources that will be accessible across the Pacific through this website. 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 to support Pacific facilitators to conduct training using the resources.

Online resources

Resources include webinars and papers/articles, discussion exercises and practice scenarios.  They have been categorised under the roles of the people who will be using them:

  • Judges
  • Lay judicial officers
  • Court staff
  • Facilitators
  • Mentors/mentorees.

Some resources are still under development and will be added as they are completed.

Access to these resources is available to all judicial officers and court staff of partner countries who register here. Once your registration is approved, you will have secure access to our resources.

An expanded mentoring service

New Zealand judges are available for one-on-one and small group mentoring. This is a relationship where judicial officers can discuss matters relating to their role with a mentor judge. The type of support and regularity of communication is by agreement between mentor and mentoree to an agreed maximum number of hours. Contact is made by email, Zoom or other video conferencing tool and/or telephone. JPPF can pay for internet access and other costs associated with the mentoring discussions.   No reports are made to your head of bench, Chief Justice, JPPF or anyone else. It is entirely confidential.

If you require mentoring, please complete the Professional development application form.

Other support during covid-19

You may wish to apply for support developing resources and/or training programmes.  It is best to discuss this with us first before completing the Professional development application form. Email us to arrange a time to talk.

If you wish to apply for a bench book for your court, please complete the Bench book application form. We have funding to complete seven bench books in 2020-2021.

As borders open you may apply for study tours and attendance at regional conferences or Te Kura Kaiwhakawā/Institute of Judicial Studies programmes using the Professional development application form.

See the Te Kura prospectus and the Conferences page.

If you have any questions, please contact us.