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More than 40 Judiciaries in the Asia and Pacific region affirms the importance of an effective judiciary

1 November 2013 - The Supreme Court of Singapore successfully concluded two meetings involving more than 30 Chief Justices from over 40 jurisdictions in the Asia and Pacific region today, the largest gathering of Chief Justices in the history of Singapore. 

15th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific

2         The 15th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific saw Chief Justices and Heads of Delegation from over 40 jurisdictions agreeing on five core values that underpin a strong and effective judiciary, namely: (i) Integrity; (ii) Independence; (iii) Transparency; (iv) the Role of the Judiciary in Promoting Trade and Development; and (v) Access to Justice. To document the rich and diverse wisdom of all delegations expressed during the Conference, the Singapore Academy of Law will publish a book of all the papers and commentaries submitted to benefit succeeding generations of Judges.

5th Asia Pacific Judicial Reform Forum

3         The 5th Asia Pacific Judicial Reform Forum saw the active participation of 20 jurisdictions in the region to reaffirm their commitment to judicial reform specifically in the areas of training, education and development programmes. The Forum considered common issues of concern to all judiciaries and expressed a desire to actively pursue measures to facilitate a greater exchange of knowledge among members to enhance the effectiveness of the Asia Pacific judiciaries.

4         In closing, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said, "Both meetings provided an excellent platform and opportunity for judiciaries in the Asia and Pacific region to harness the collective weight and influence of various jurisdictions to express views on major concerns and challenges. I would like to thank all Chief Justices and Heads of Delegations for so generously sharing their deep and insightful views and ideas on the core values of an effective judiciary and echoing in unison the need for us in the Judiciary to continuously scrutinise our existing processes so that the Judiciary remains relevant in a constantly evolving society.  The Singapore Judiciary is immensely honoured and privileged to have had this opportunity to host all the Chief Justices and judges who had contributed constructively and generously and I look forward to continuing the conversations and friendships that we had formed or cemented over the last few days”.

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