Kia ora koutou katoa from Aotearoa/New Zealand. I hope you've had a restful break over the Christmas period. The JPPF team and I are very happy to share the news that our new website is now live and ready for your use.
Please read on to discover the resources we have developed and those that are underway. Please feel free to share this newsletter and our website with your colleagues. Get in touch if you have resources you would like to see developed or skills to share. Let's hope this year is a more positive one for us all.
Ngā mihi nui
JPPF PROGRAMME MANAGER
As you may know, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and consequent restrictions on travel between New Zealand and Pacific countries, JPPF has revised its approach to support Pacific judiciaries and courts. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade agreed to support the development of online resources and an extension of our mentoring programme. 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.
All the resources for lay judicial officers include facilitator notes and exercises so they can be picked up by visiting judges or a local facilitator supported by JPPF and conducted in country whenever suits – in regular short sessions or a longer programme developed using them.
These resources are available to all Pacific judicial offers and court staff who register on the JPPF website. The registration process is quick and easy, so register now and check out the resources
Te Kura Kaiwhakawā-Institute of Judicial Studies
The Institute of Judicial Studies has been renamed Te Kura Kaiwhakawā. In addition to what we're creating specifically for Pacific judges, we've made available some of Te Kura's resources on a range of topics. This includes several webinars from 2020's orientation series for new District Court judges, and on family violence. Many of these webinars have accompanying papers. We've also included papers from programmes delivered to New Zealand judges over the past two years. Although these resources are targeted at New Zealand judges, they are relevant for Pacific judges as well, both new and experienced, legally-trained and lay.
We’re also developing a mentor programme to support the many New Zealand judges who are available now to support individual judicial officers and small groups of officers to work through the resources, to provide general mentoring support and to support facilitators to adapt and use the resources to run training in country. The next phase is to develop supporting materials for Pacific mentors and mentorees.
Any judicial officer can apply for mentoring directly through our website. If you work in a panel, then we encourage you to apply as a group.
The International Association of Women Judges conference 7-10 May 2021
The International Association of Women Judges conference that was to take place in 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand, will go ahead in May 2021. JPPF would like to support as many women judicial officers as possible to attend by video-conference. We will pay for registration and travel and accommodation within your own country so you can gather with your female colleagues to attend; and to take the opportunity to discuss issues affecting women judicial officers within your own country. If borders are open between your country and New Zealand then we will support you to attend in person. Arrangements are being finalised and we will post updates on our website. If you wish to attend, please discuss with your head of bench as soon as possible so that you can secure time off the court roster to attend.
We have capacity and funding to update/publish a small number of bench books. You can apply for bench book support directly through the online application form on our website. All application forms can be filled in online or printed, scanned and returned by email.
Please invite your colleagues
We encourage you to share our website and this newsletter with your colleagues. Please explore the site and give us your feedback. If you know of other useful resources we could include develop, contact us and let us know.