The discussion was driven by participants’ questions on topics identified by the Institute of Justice—the institute responsible for judges’ continuing legal education—and shared with participants beforehand. The format encouraged more participation by and input from the audience. Discussions covered judicial-independence and court-administration issues, including budgeting and financial administration, case and workflow management, trust and accountability, performance management and the status of judges.
The discussion, which built on a similar event that the Institute of Justice had held to compare Kazakhstani and Turkish judicial systems, helped familiarize participants with the Canadian judicial system. Following the discussion, the head of the Judicial and Anti-Corruption Section of the Institute of Justice said that the institute will continue to host similar events to increase participants’ exposure to, and understanding of, judicial systems of other countries, and to boost international relationships among judicial-sector actors.
The panel discussion was part of ABA ROLI’s U.S. Agency for International Development-funded program to strengthen judicial administrative processes and procedures in Kazakhstan.
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