IJA International Judicial Academy

Academy Instructional Modules

The International Judicial Academy has developed a series of educational modules that cover all topics that relate to the function of courts, behavior of judges, and the ingredients of successful court management. This is a comprehensive educational program designed to assist judges, court administrator, Ministry of Justice officials, and other legal professionals in the development of a modern court system, containing all of the fundamental ingredients of such a system. The Academy can provide superior educational instruction for all of the topics in a particular module or select particular topics from different modules to meet the needs of seminar participants from a particular country or region.

  1. Getting Started - The Rule of Law and a Modern, Fair, Efficient, Accessible and Transparent Court System
    1. The rule of law and what it means
    2. Ingredients of a modern, fair, efficient, accessible and transparent court system
    3. The fundamentals of the U.S. legal system
  2. The Judiciary - Principles to Operate Under
    1. Judicial independence
    2. Inherent powers of judge
    3. Judicial review
    4. The craft of judging: judicial opinion writing, judicial demeanor, and other issues
    5. Role of judge in trial court
    6. Role of judge in appellate court
    7. Judicial code of conduct
    8. Judicial immunity
    9. The Judiciary: Good Practices for Good Judging
  3. Judicial leadership and judicial management
    1. Judicial reasoning in judicial opinion writing
    2. Judicial education
    3. Organization of judge's chambers
    4. Use of law clerks
    5. Judicial discipline and removal
    6. Judicial relations with public, media and other branches of government
    7. Judicial compensation and benefits
    8. Judicial financial disclosure and transparency issues
    9. Judicial performance evaluations
    10. Judicial retirement
  4. The Structure of Justice: Organizational Designs and Jurisdiction
    1. Integrated vs. non-integrated court systems
    2. Constitutional courts
    3. Supreme courts
    4. Appellate courts
    5. Major trial courts; courts of general jurisdiction
    6. Small claims courts
    7. Magistrate courts
    8. Specialty courts
    9. Military courts
  5. Judicial and Court Operations - The Procedures of Justice
    1. Criminal justice process
    2. Civil justice process
    3. The technical rules of procedure for civil, criminal, appellate and bankruptcy/commercial proceedings
    4. Standards for judicial review
    5. Case management
    6. Alternative dispute resolution
    7. Assistance of counsel
    8. Jury system
  6. Courts - Getting the Job Done Through Professional Administration
    1. Court administration - national organizations
    2. Court administration - regional and local levels
    3. Budget issues for courts
    4. Court financial administration C procurement, accounting and audits
    5. Court staff training
    6. Statistical information and research
    7. Court staff code of conduct
    8. Space and facilities
    9. Access to justice
    10. Strategic and long range planning
    11. Rule making and policy development
    12. Automation and technology
    13. Gathering and use of statistics
    14. Technical support for judges and court staff
    15. Court security
    16. Public trust and confidence and transparency issues
  7. Other Issues of Importance: The Criminal Justice System; International Matters; Service of Courts and Service to Courts; The Adversary System
    1. The criminal justice system
      1. The criminal justice process
      2. Criminal investigation
      3. Respective roles of judge, prosecutor and defense lawyer in criminal cases
      4. Criminal case procedure
      5. Protection of constitutional rights of defendants in criminal cases
      6. Criminal trials
      7. Evidentiary issues in criminal cases
      8. Post trial and appellate issues in criminal cases
    2. International legal system and international courts
    3. Role of courts in protection of constitutional (human) rights
    4. Role of judges in protection of intellectual property rights
    5. Role of judges in international trade issues
    6. Role of lawyers in court systems
    7. Role of the organized bar (bar associations) in support of courts
    8. The adversary system vs. the inquisitorial system (common law system vs. civil law system)