Principles guiding College work

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The College conducts its work under these guiding principles:

  • we promote the principle of an independent judiciary and judicial officers, while maintaining an effective working relationship with the executive arm of government
  • we believe judicial officers need both continuing legal education and professional development
  • we ensure judicial officers develop and lead judicial education and professional development, with input from academics and members of the wider community. This supports an independent judiciary and reflective judicial practice
  • we help ensure high standards of judicial practice and support for the rule of law
  • we provide education and professional development of the highest quality. Our staff are highly skilled and committed, and we deliver our programs within a comprehensive quality assurance framework
  • we believe in self-motivated learning, peer support, and sharing knowledge and experience with colleagues
  • we provide many of our resources free to members of the legal profession and the wider community. This:
    • helps the public understand what judicial officers do
    • shows that judicial officers constantly improve their skills and keep up to date with legal and social issues
    • promotes a culture of professional development in the wider legal profession
    • demonstrates our transparency.

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