This program presented best practices in judicial decision-making at the trial and appellate levels.
The objective of this seminar was to provide trial and appellate judges with skills to review and improve their approaches to decision-making.
This seminar was planned by trial and appellate judges in collaboration with legal academics. Through a combination of lectures and small-group discussions, participants considered topics such as: exercising judicial discretion; independence and impartiality in a diverse society; the role of the judge in a constitutional democracy; critical issues in constitutional cases; the approaches to novel cases; and the modern principle of statutory interpretation.
One session explored the topic of judging with independence, impartiality, and compassion. The session considered the duty to judge using an independent and impartial mind in a diverse society. Questions considered included: