Tuesday 21st November 2023
Seminar | 4:45 PM-6:15 PM
Join Chief Judge Peter Kidd, Magistrate Charles Tan, VCAT Deputy President Genevieve Nihill AM, CSV Chief People Officer, Jewil Fulton and Director, Judicial Commission, Alexis Eddy as we present a selection of in-court and out-of-court bullying scenarios that audience participants are invited to rate and discuss according to the Commission’s assessment criteria using real-time interactive polling technology.
In May 2023, the Judicial Commission of Victoria released the Judicial Conduct Guideline – Judicial Bullying, following extensive consultation with the sector, including judicial officers. The Guideline defines judicial bullying, presents examples of acceptable and unacceptable conduct, and provides insight into the Commission’s decision-making process.
An opportunity to respond brings together judicial officers, courts and the Commission to discuss jurisdictional concerns about bullying and the importance of context when reaching a decision about conduct in a contested and adversarial environment. We examine the role of courts and wellbeing in improving outcomes for judicial officers and court users and explore tips and tricks for tricky situations.
Audience participants are invited to step into the shoes of the Judicial Commission by evaluating a selection of scenarios in real-time using interactive technology. As the summer break approaches, An opportunity to respond enables colleagues to articulate different perspectives, view the bench from new angles and refresh awareness of the art of courtcraft.
External LinkJUDICIAL LIFE
Judicial Conduct Guideline on Judicial Bullying.This Guide produced by the Judicial Commission of Victoria provides detailed and practical information about the standards of respect and civility expected of Victorian judicial officers. It defines judicial bullying and provides examples of improper conduct both in and out of court and identifies the potential outcomes of judicial bullying.
Judicial Bullying: Consultation Paper.What distinguishes appropriate judicial conduct from conduct that is inappropriate or unacceptable? At  and following, the Judicial Commission analyses how a range of sources – from legislation and case law, to guidelines and socio-legal research – inform the standards of conduct expected of judicial officers, with particular focus on bullying.