Council of ASEAN Chief Justices (CACJ) Working Group

Council of ASEAN Chief Justices (CACJ) Working Group on Judicial Education and Training (WG-JET) 2019 – 2025 Work Plan Development Meeting
September 5-6, 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, September 5th. Through the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project, the United States Government continues to support the Council of ASEAN Chief Justices (CACJ) through its Working Group on Judicial Education and Training (WG-JET). Following the 2018 adoption of CACJ WG-JET Strategic Plan (2018-2025), the Chief Justices have called for the development of an implementation CACJ WG-JET Work Plan (2019-2025) informed by inputs from all ten ASEAN Member States. PROSPECT is supporting the co-chair of the WG-JET, Indonesia’s Supreme Court, to draft and finalize the work plan.

With PROSPECT support, the Indonesian Supreme Court developed a survey instrument and gathered inputs from Chief Justices’ Offices across ASEAN to inform an initial draft Work Plan, which members of the WG-JET are discussing today and tomorrow. During the meeting, delegates from seven of ten ASEAN Member States will present, discuss, and refine the draft work plan and prepare for its presentation at the 7th CACJ Meeting in Phuket, Thailand in late November where it is expected to be adopted.

In his opening remarks, Dr. H.M. Syarifuddin, Vice Chief Justice on Judicial Affairs Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia, stressed the importance of the CACJ WG-JET’s Strategic Plan adopted in Singapore late last year and its elaborated work plan. He went on to relate the importance the WG-JET and the activities under its 2019 – 2025 work plan will play in not only strengthening the skills of judges throughout the region, but also to facilitate partnership amongst the judiciaries of ASEAN Member States. The draft work plan is broken down into four main thematic areas: 1) business corporate law, 2) cross border criminal law, 3) civil procedural law, and 4) leadership and management law. Under each thematic area, specific programs and courses are elaborated.

In her opening remarks, Julie Chen, Director of USAID’s ASEAN Affairs Office, reinforced the U.S. Government’s commitment to supporting good governance through all three branches now present in ASEAN. Ms. Chen went on to say that the U.S. Government through the PROSPECT project stands ready to support a CACJ – Dialogue Partner and donor conference to launch the CACJ WG-JET Work Program 2019-2025 and to help garner support for the development of select curriculum and training programs activities once endorsed by the CACJ. This launch will likely take place in early 2020.