Courts Abroad

 
Throughout my career, I have sought to promote the interests of justice in other countries, as well as in England and Wales.

When in practice, I participated in Human Rights missions in Turkey and Mexico.

Since becoming a judge, I have given lectures (including on the evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses) at international conferences in France, Belgium and Ireland, organised by the Council of Europe and the Franco-British-Irish Judicial Committee.

I was a member of the Franco-British-Irish Judicial Committee from 2001 until 2012 and was involved in planning colloques for judges from these jurisdictions. As well as speaking at such colloques, I have acted as rapporteur. These colloques took place without interpreters.

I was a member of the Judicial Studies Board/Judicial College International Board from 2011 to 2014.  In 2014, I was one of a small team of judges who presented the Judicial College Business of Judging Course to train judges in Malta.

While sitting in court in this country, I have hosted visits by judges from a number of countries, including Spain, Germany, China, Uzbekistan and USA.

In the Spring of 2014, at the request of the Chief Justice of Rwanda, Sam Rugege, and through the auspices of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth and the Judicial College for England and Wales, I was asked to prepare Draft Guidelines on the Award of Damages in Rwanda. Between June 11th and 13th, I facilitated discussions in Kigali and then drafted a Report summarising those discussions and containing possible rules which could be used by Rwandan judges when determining damages.  Report on the Award of Damages in Rwanda. 

In October 2016, I spent two weeks shadowing judges at the Tribunal de Grand Instance in Lyon. Here is a link to the report which I submitted to the European Judicial Training Network.  Stage Report. 

I have visited courts and spoken to judges in many countries including Ghana, Sri Lanka, Singapore, New Zealand, South Africa, Bhutan, France, USA and Canada. I have visited the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Follow the links below for short descriptions of some of those other courts.

A morning in a Sri Lankan Magistrates Court
A busy list in Galle. (2003)

Justice in the Land of the Thunder Dragon
The courts in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan (2003)

A Morning in a Ghanaian District Court
The Cape Coast District Court on a hot day (2004)

A compelling judgment
Reflections on the South African Constitutional Court (2005)

 A Gambian Drug Court 
The Banjul Magistrates Court, with cannabis blowing around the court room (2009)

Tough Justice in Singapore
Two day trial of man charged with littering by throwing two cigarette butts in the street (2010)

The Trial of a Canadian Cannabis Gardener
A self-representing defendant in the Supreme Court of British Colombia in Vancouver (2012)