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Many participants are concerned about how to address the judge; others worry about where they should sit and whether they should sit or stand; these concerns add to their likely anxiety and can be dispelled by a helpful introduction and a tactful explanation.
Lay people do not understand legal jargon and technical terms (“disclosure”, “submission”, “leading question”), so keep language as simple as possible and give clear explanations where required. Inappropriate language or behavior is likely to result in the perception of unfairness (even where there is none), loss of authority, loss of confidence in the system and the giving of offence.
A thoughtless comment, throw away remark, unwise joke or even a facial expression may confirm or create an impression of prejudice; it is how others interpret your words or actions that matters, particularly in a situation where they will be acutely sensitive to both.
Fair treatment does not mean treating everyone in the same way: it means treating…

Judge Malcolm Simmons Judicial Case Management Workshop

“An excellent training.  Judge Malcolm Simmons really understands judicial case management” - District Court Judge, Maldives
“The most informative training I have ever attended.  Judge Malcolm Simmons was great” - High Court Judge, Pakistan

This workshop is intended for judges, judicial assistants and court managers and will take a detailed look at the principles and techniques for Judicial Case Management.
The workshop will review the lessons learned from recent justice system reforms designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of judicial administration.
The workshop will also cover the scope of application and principles of judicial ethics. The workshops will cover:
·Understanding the purpose of Judicial Case Management; ·Active Judicial Case Management; ·Techniques for successful Judicial Case Management; ·Judicial Independence; ·Conducting a pre-trial review hearing and proactively monitor the progress of a case ·Making use of special measures for the vulnerable ·Use of technology…

Judge Malcolm Simmons Vindicated

On Monday Malcolm Simmons accepted undisclosed libel damages from three newspapers for online stories regarding false allegations that were the subject of investigations against him.
The newspapers accepted the stories were false and that the information on which their stories were based had not been properly checked.
The newspapers have withdrawn the allegations, removed the online stories and agreed to pay Malcolm Simmons undisclosed damages.
Neither the newspapers nor Judge Malcolm Simmons were prepared to comment on the settlement.