Judicial Academy

Types of Programs and Methodology of Training

The Academy shall provide continuing judicial education and legal training through various short-term courses and programs. Following are the types of programs that the Academy plans to conduct:

 a. Symposiums, Conferences, Colloquiums and Syndicate Discussions – these are formal meetings in which the participants discuss an issue or multiple issues with the view to share information, knowledge, and experience and enhance understanding of the relevant issues, challenges, and policies, led by a Panel of Experts. An example of this is the case-study conference that the Academy plans to conduct once every three months, in which selected landmark cases decided by the Supreme Court of the Maldives and the High Court of the Maldives would be thoroughly discussed.

b. Workshops and Seminars – these are formal programs in which expert Trainers instruct the participants on a selected area, or lead a discussion in which information are shared. Mock Trials and Moots may be conducted as part of Workshops and Seminars.

c. Professional Attachment Programs and Study Tours – in these programs, judges, members of the Bar and the staff of the Judiciary would be given opportunities to visit judicial academies, courts, and similar institutions locally and internationally, so as to enable them to see how developed institutions and systems function.

d. Lectures – the Academy plans to organize a Special Lecture once every three months, on a topic of importance and interest for the Justice Sector in general, and for the Judiciary and the Bar in particular. The Lecture would be given by a distinguished scholar or expert in the area or topic selected.

e. Orientation and Induction Programs – these would be conducted for new judges and newly admitted members of the Bar. These programs would be designed to enable the participants to get a brief but comprehensive view of how the Judiciary and the Bar operates in the Maldives.

f. Short Term Courses – these would include part-time courses, durations of which would not be more than 12 months.

g. Higher Education Sponsorships – the Academy shall also start a program of higher education sponsorships. The aim is to sponsor selected candidates for undergraduate or postgraduate education at selected foreign universities of repute, for not only legal and judicial education but also in other areas identified in the Skills Shortage List (SSL) under the Judiciary’s Training Needs Assessment. Sponsored students shall have to sign contracts of service bond, under which they should work as judges, or legal, technical, or administrative staff of the Judiciary, as per the requirements of courts and other institutions of the Judiciary.

 The above types of programs would not be only in the area of judicial and legal issues. As the Academy is in charge of the professional development of all the staff of the Judiciary, training programs would include areas such as human resource management, protocol and event management, budgeting and accounting, information technology, statistics and statistical analysis, etc.

Our Training Methodology would be prepared in accord with the best practice in judicial training followed throughout the world. Following are some of the key principles that would form the basis of our Training Methodology:

a. Conducting training with a large variety of training methods so as to achieve training goals with effectiveness and efficiency;

b. Encompassing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and research in training;

c. Modernizing the ways of training by adding to the traditional frontal lecture system new and interactive methods of instructing and participatory approaches, and using a variety of training formats such as brainstorming, pyramiding, simulated hearings and role play exercises, debriefing, debates, case studies, and so on;

d. Designing and delivering training programs on the basis of Training Needs, and designing training programs on the basis of a thoroughly worked out conceptual framework which is responsive to Training Needs;

Our training programs would be categorized into two broad methodological categories: namely, Initial Training (for newly appointed Judges and newly called-in members of the Bar, in the form of induction programs and orientation training), and In-Service Training (for judges, lawyers or staff other than the two categories aforementioned). Further details on our methodology would be provided through the MJA Handbook on Training Methodology.







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