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    32 jurisdictions attend virtual conference

    Fadley Faisal

    Chief justices and representatives of Asia and the Pacific examined and explored diverse challenges facing judiciaries in different discussion sessions with topics including facing criticism from the outside and engaging with the public, case management in a contemporary context, greater prominence for family courts and judicial education.

    This was made possible at the virtual meet of the 18th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific organised by the Judicial Section of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA), hosted by the Judiciary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.

    Brunei Darussalam Supreme Court Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong was among the attendees of the conference, which is a biennial event to provide the Chief Justices from Asia and the Pacific region with a forum to discuss various issues of common interest to judiciaries on November 16 and 17.

    Top judges of the region exchanged experiences and discussed mutual concerns, conducive to the further development of the judicial system in their jurisdictions.

    The first chief justices’ conference was held in Penang, Malaysia in 1985 and has become a valuable forum to facilitate free and professional exchange of ideas amongst the top judges in Asia and the Pacific region. Over the past 37 years, chief justices from over 50 judiciaries in the region have been getting together to share views and insights on issues of common interest on administration of justice.

    The conference was attended by 24 chief justices and eight representative judges from 32 jurisdictions, including Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, China, Fiji, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New South Wales, Australia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, the United States and Vietnam.

    Judicial Commissioner and Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court Haji Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin and Judicial Commissioner Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Kefli together with judges and judicial officers from the Brunei judiciary also attended.

    Attendees at the 18th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific. PHOTO: SUPREME COURT OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
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