Best Practices For Remote Judging

Promoting uses of technology that enhance the justice system and enable more efficient, timely, and accessible justice for all is a key responsibility of any modern judiciary. However, technology must be introduced thoughtfully and carefully: encouraging the use of technology and online hearings whilst also providing that fair trial rights are met, and transparent open justice is observed for hearings is vital for rule of law and human rights.

Speakers for this series offer wide-ranging, regional, and international perspectives. Guest speakers include judges, lawyers, academics, researchers, and leading voices from NGO and CSO organizations together with subject matter experts from European Institutions.

This initiative forms part of our work with the Judicial Network in Central and Eastern Europe. There are currently 25 judges from the region taking part and exploring topics such as E-justice, Remote Judging International Standards, Fair Trials, Rule of Law, and Human Rights.

Seminar One

Judging During The Pandemic: Safeguarding Rights And Judicial Wellness

INSIGHTS FROM BULGARIA AND THE US

The first webinar in this series is an excerpt from the introductory seminar in our inaugural blended learning course which we launched in mid-October at the Institute. Judge Jeremy Fogel, Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute, California, and Judge Kacherilska from the Sofia Regional Court, Bulgaria present on the general impact of COVID and issues of resilience and wellness of judges and general experiences and aspects of videoconferencing and remote judging in the Region more generally.

Introductions by Christopher LehmannExectutive Director of the CEELI Institute.

PANEL:

Judge Radoslava Nikolaeva KacherilskaSofia Regional Court in Bulgaria.

Judge Jeremy Fogel (Ret.)Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute.

Moderator: Rachel Murray, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Bristol, Director Human Rights Implementation Centre at the University of Bristol.

Seminar Two

International Standards And Remote Judging

This seminar discusses remote judging, how to determine urgency, and the applicability of international standards on fair trial and defendants’ rights. Andrea Huber (ODIHR) and Ilze Tralmaka (Fair Trials) offer their perspectives and provide an overview of the international standards and the right to a fair trial in particular the rights of the defense.

 

Introductions by Christopher LehmannExectutive Director of the CEELI Institute.

PANEL:

Andrea HuberDeputy Chief of Rule of Law at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Ilze TralmakaLegal and Policy Officer at Fair Trials specializing in the right to a fair trial, specifically defence rights in criminal proceedings.

Moderator: Rachel Murray, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Bristol, Director Human Rights Implementation Centre at the University of Bristol.

Seminar Three

What is remote judging?

Practical Technological Matters and Electronic Evidence

In the third webinar in the Remote Judging Series, we identify pertinent  issues that have arisen over the course of the discussion forums with the judges on the course and use these as case studies to discuss.

In this session on Practical Technological Matters Professor Marek Świerczyński and Judge Jackek Gołaczyński, (Court of Appeal in Wroclaw discuss the guidelines of the Council of Europe on electronic evidence and the digitization of the judiciary. They address the challenges of remote judging, practical difficulties with technology and electronic evidence tips for identifying practical solutions offered by the European guidelines.

 

 Introductions by Freda GrealyProgram Manager at the CEELI Institute.

PANEL:

Professor Marek Świerczyński, Attorney at Law, Poland.

Judge Jacek Gołaczyński, Court of Appeal Wroclaw, Poland.

Moderator: Rachel Murray, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Bristol, Director Human Rights Implementation Centre at the University of Bristol.

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