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Media Release: International Conference on Court Excellence

1 The International Conference on Court Excellence, organised by the State Courts of Singapore, is held in The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore from 28 to 29 January 2016.

2 Themed “Judiciary of the Future”, the Conference brings together about 190 judicial officers, court administrators, policy makers, and experts from related fields from 18 countries to share their perspectives on the latest trends and developments in court administration. The topics that they will discuss at the Conference include:
  • Leadership for the future
  • Good governance and judicial ethics
  • Innovations in court procedures and processes
  • Courts of the future
3 The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn L. Warren AC of the Supreme Court of Victoria delivered the keynote address on 28 January 2016. The other distinguished speakers include the Honourable Chief Justice Robert J. Torres, Supreme Court of Guam, and the Honourable Chief Justice Chris Kourakis, Supreme Court of South Australia. From Singapore, the Honourable Judge of Appeal Chao Hick Tin will speak on Leadership for the Future, and Justice Lee Seiu Kin will share his perspectives on Court of the Future for Singapore. District Judges of the State Courts will also present on the Integrated Criminal Page 2 Case Filing and Management System, the Community Justice Centre and the Simplification of Civil Processes.

4 The Conference will also deliberate enhancements to the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE). Launched in Singapore in October 2010 at the Asia-Pacific Courts Conference organised by the State Courts¹ , the IFCE is a framework² of values, concepts and tools by which courts worldwide may adopt to assess and improve the quality of justice and court administration. The Honourable Justice Valentyna Simonenko from the Supreme Court of Ukraine will share Ukraine’s experience in using court performance evaluation as a tool to promote judicial reform and build public trust and confidence in the judiciary. Speakers from the Family Court of Australia and the District Courts of New Zealand will share their courts’ implementation of the IFCE. The participants will also hear about the experience of Moldova in implementing the IFCE.

5 In his Welcome Remarks delivered at the Conference’s opening ceremony, Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge of the State Courts, said: “The future, it has been said, is not fixed. We can only say with certainty that it will not be predictable. This Conference is but a glimpse into the possible futures of our respective judiciaries. Just as there can be new entrants to the justice system, there must be novel means to deal with alternative legal structures and innovative ways to meet the needs of our justice users. I am confident that the International Framework for Court Excellence with its newest modifications will be a foremost resource to help us deliver high quality services to our justice users.” 

¹ Then known as “Subordinate Courts”
² The IFCE was developed in 2008 by an International Consortium for Court Excellence comprising organisations from Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. Singapore is a founder member of the Consortium; other members include the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, the United States Federal Judicial Center and the National Center for State Courts. 

6 The opening ceremony was attended by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, judges of Supreme Court, Singapore, and Mr Ng How Yue, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Law. 

Issued by: State Courts, Singapore
Date: 28 January 2016

Enclosed:
(i) Factsheet on the International Conference on Court Excellence
(ii) Conference Brochure 




For further information or clarification, please contact:

(i) Ms Michelle Chiang, Assistant Director, Communications Directorate
Tel: 6435 5179 / 9722 6139
Email: michelle_chiang@statecourts.gov.sg

(ii) Mr Henedick Chng, Assistant Director, Communications Directorate
Tel: 6435 5652 / 9722 6139
Email: henedick_chng@statecourts.gov.sg 

Fact Sheet

A) Objectives of the International Conference on Court Excellence

As we advance into the first quarter of the 21st century, judiciaries worldwide are preparing themselves to meet the opportunities and challenges that are being presented to them. The International Conference on Court Excellence provides a platform for judicial officers, court administrators, policy makers, and experts from related fields to:

  • discuss the latest trends and developments in court administration
  • look into the role of leadership in shaping court excellence and introducing judicial reforms
  • share the latest developments in court procedures and processes that have innovatively changed the ways justice is delivered
  • explore new approaches for enhancing access to and the delivery of justice 
  • share perspectives on the courts of the future
In addition, the Conference provides the opportunity for courts that have adopted the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE) to share their experience in implementing the IFCE and discuss how the framework may be enhanced to help courts improve their performances to address future opportunities and challenges.

(B) About the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE)

The IFCE was developed in 2008 by an International Consortium for Court Excellence comprising organisations from Asia, Australia and the United States. The State Courts of Singapore are a founder member of the Consortium; other members include the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, the United States Federal Judicial Center and the National Center for State Courts.

The IFCE is a quality management system designed to help courts improve their performance. It represents an all-encompassing approach to achieving court excellence, rather than a more limited focus on particular aspects of court governance, management, or operations. It consists of the following:

  • A Framework of universal core values, seven areas of court excellence aligned with those values, as well as concepts and tools by which courts worldwide can voluntarily assess and improve the quality of justice and court administration. 
  • A self-evaluation process using the Court Excellence Self-Assessment Questionnaire that evaluates a court’s performance against seven areas of excellence, and provides guidance for courts to improve their performance. 
  • The Global Measures of Court Performance include eleven focused, clear, and actionable core court performance measures aligned with the values and areas of court excellence of the Framework.
The Consortium will regularly edit and revise the Framework to reflect new developments for improving how courts and justice-system partners deliver services.

For more information on the Consortium and IFCE, please visit www.courtexcellence.com. 

(C) Conference speakers

The distinguished speakers are:
S/N 
Name of Speaker
(in alphabetical order) 
 
 1. Amitabha Mukherjee
World Bank
 2. Justice Brian Preston SC
Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court, New South Wales, Australia
 3. Justice Chao Hick Tin
Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court, Singapore
 4. Chew Kwee San
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Community Justice Centre
 5. District Judge Chiah Kok Khun
Civil Justice Division, State Courts, Singapore
 6. Chief Justice Chris Kourakis
Supreme Court of South Australia
 7. Judge Colin Doherty
National Executive Judge, District Courts of New Zealand
 8. Daniel J. Hall
Vice President, National Center for State Courts, USA
 9. Professor Gregory Reinhardt
Executive Director, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration
 10. Deputy Presiding Judge Jennifer Marie
State Courts, Singapore
 11. Joanne Gray
Registrar, Land and Environment Court, New South Wales, Australia
 12. Judge Dr Kanok Jullamon
Supreme Court, Thailand
 13. Keith R. Fisher
Senior Counsel, National Center for State Courts, USA
 14. Laurie Glanfield AM
Deputy President, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration
 15. Justice Lee Seiu Kin
Supreme Court, Singapore
 16. Dr Lisa Yarwood
Senior Law and Policy Adviser
New Zealand Law Commission
 17. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC (keynote speaker)
Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia
 18. Mark Beer
Chief Executive and Registrar, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts
 19. Martin Jackson
Acting Director, Strategic Business Development, Court and Tribunal Services, Western Australian Department of the Attorney General
 20. District Judge May Mesenas
State Courts, Singapore
 21. Judge Michael Jarrett
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
 22. Principal District Judge Ong Hian Sun
Criminal Justice Division, State Courts, Singapore 
 23. Papinder Kaur
Senior Director, Infrastructure Development and Procurement Directorate, State Courts, Singapore
 24. Justice Peter Murphy
Family Court of Australia
 25. Ramesh Siva
Lead eGovernment Specialist, World Bank
 26. Chief Justice Robert J.Torres
Guam
 27. Justice Robert McDougall
Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
 28. Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon
Presiding Judge, State Courts, Singapore
 29. Magistrate Simon Young
Queensland Magistrates Court, Australia
 30. Chief Magistrate Steven Heath
Magistrates Court of Western Australia
 31. District Judge Tan Boon Heng
Executive Director, Singapore Judicial College 
 32. Tomas Verteletskyy
Monitoring, Evaluation and Court Performance Specialist for the USAID Fair, Accountable, Independent and Responsible (FAIR) Judiciary program in Ukraine
 33. Justice Valentyna Simonenko
Supreme Court of Ukraine, Chair of the Council of Judges of Ukraine
 34. Yohan Liyanage
Chief Registrar, Judiciary of Fiji

Please refer to the conference website www.courtexcellenceconference.com for information about the speakers.

(D) Participating countries and organisations

The participants of the Conference are from:

Country
(in alphabetical order)
 Organisation
 Indonesia MSI Consulting
Kepanjen District Court - East Java
Pengadilan Negeri Batulicin Indonesia
 Japan Supreme Court of Japan 
 Kazakhstan Supreme Court of Republic of Kazakhstan 
 Marshall Islands Marshall Islands Judiciary 
 Myanmar Office of the Union Supreme Court
 Namibia High and Supreme Court
Ministry of Justice
Office of the Attorney General
 New Zealand   High Court of New Zealand
 Singapore 3HP Architects Pte Ltd
Central Narcotics Bureau
Family Justice Courts
Housing & Development Board
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Immigration & Checkpoint Authority
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Law In Order
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Manpower
National University of Singapore
Singapore Police Force
State Courts
Supreme Court
Syariah Court
The Community Justice Centre
 Sri Lanka Judicial Service Commission of Sri Lanka / Ministry of Justice
 Thailand Office of the Judiciary
The Administrative Court of Thailand 
 Ukraine Odesa Oblast Court of Appeals
Council of Judges of Ukraine
USAID FAIR Justice Project
 United States of America Tyler Technologies
 Zimbabwe Judicial Service Commission  

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