Chief justice establishes education committee

The Judicial Education Committee, on left, Justice Richard Williams (foreground) and Mr. Mitchell Davies, Director of the Truman Bodden Law School; on the right, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie (foreground), Justice Ingrid Mangatal (Chairperson), and Chief Magistrate Nova Hall.

With the goal of maintaining a high level of professionalism through continued training, development and education of judges and magistrates, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie last week announced the formation of the Judicial Education Committee.

The committee is expected to create a learning environment that embraces both formal local and overseas opportunities for development, as well as on-the-job training.

“It is well recognized that continued training and learning are essential to enhancing the quality of professional services that can be provided by the courts,” said Justice Ingrid Mangatal, committee chairwoman.

Ms. Mangatal said the training will “encompass not only basic judicial tools and skills, but will also include developing and increasing expertise and knowledge in particular areas of law practice.”

This is of particular importance in meeting and serving the needs of the public, especially court users, she said.

The committee will support the court administrator in identifying areas for the continuing education and training of administrative staff and involving the judiciary in the delivery of training where possible.

The committee will also assume primary responsibility for the judicial administration’s annual guest lecture series, and for organizing a program where judges and magistrates will provide oversight and guidance to trainee lawyers.

The trainee program is to be structured as a formal part of their articles, the final stage of training leading to qualification to practice.

The newly appointed committee members are Justice Ingrid Mangatal, chairwoman; Chief Justice Smellie; Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison; Justice Richard Williams; Chief Magistrate Nova Hall; and Mitchell Davies, director of the Truman Bodden Law School.

Mr. Davies will work in collaboration with the new court administrator, Suzanne Bothwell.