Writing Better Judgments II, June 2024

  • Days : 13–14 Jun 2024
  • Where : Sydney
  • Cost : $2350
  • Participants : Judicial Officers who have completed WBJ I

13–14 Jun 2024






Judicial Officers who have completed WBJ I

Writing Better Judgments I, October 2023

The program is full

  • Days : 13 – 14 June 2024
  • Where : Sydney
  • Cost : 2350
  • Participants : Judicial Officers who have completed WBJ I

Writing Better Judgments II, June 2024

Judicial officers surveyed by the NJCA in our Judicial Education Needs Survey in 2022 unequivocally identified a judgment writing as their most demanding unmet need.

This program provides an opportunity not only for participants to revisit the principles of issues based judgment writing, but to enhance production of timely, well-crafted legal writing and reasoning.

Why you should attend this program?

This program is open to those judicial officers who have previously completed Writing Better Judgments I and have 3-5 years of experience on the bench.

Sessions will focus on the writing process through which correct, clear, concise, coherent and convincing judgements are delivered, refining skills with assistance and feedback from experienced judges and authors. Along with this, there will be a focus on practical tools for effective judgment writing, as well as the critical thinking always necessary.

The program gives practical and readily usable knowledge and skills to participants so as to improve judicial officer confidence and writing ability and in turn, productivity. Participants will explore the following essential questions:

  1. Can I write less while maintaining coherence?
  2. Should I listen to my unconscious mind and if so, when?
  3. How can I write judgments so as to maximize both speed and correctness?
  4. How to truly write without fear of correction on appeal?

How will these skills help your court?

The objective of timeliness remains both fundamental to the judicial function and to societal expectations and public confidence in the courts.

A court “speaks” through its judgments as they are records of the legal, social and political history of the time. But judgments must be just, efficient, timely and cost-effective but this program recognizes that being “quick” does not come naturally to any judicial officer.  In recent decades there has been a discernible shift at, notably, the high and intermediate court levels in discourse around judicial delay in the production of judgments.  While the judgment writing process has evolved so as to be considered as both an art and craft, the overarching need for both speed and correctness are now paramount.

What will you learn at this program?

By the end of this Program, participants will:

  • Evaluate the institutional and community pressure upon the modern judge for speedier justice 
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of careful planning and reflection
  • Identify and apply the means of writing with both speed and correctness
  • Illustrate an appreciation for judicial productivity
  • Exercise the requisite amount of sensitivity in judgment writing
  • Frame and resolve factual and legal issues, including by use of effective architecture;
  • Employ the right tone and authorial voice;
  • Identify and apply effective tools to manage judgment load, procrastination and timely judgment delivery.

Program inclusions

Travel and accommodation are not included.

Meet your Program Planning Committee

Acting Justice Monika Schmidt (Chair)

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Writing Better Judgments
Justice Murray Aldridge

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

Writing Better Judgments II
Magistrate Jennifer Atkinson

Local Court of New South Wales

Writing Better Judgments
Chief Magistrate Steven Heath

Magistrates Court of Western Australia

Writing Better Judgments
Justice Jim Henry

Supreme Court of Queensland

Writing Better Judgments II
President Fleur Kingham

Land and Environment Court of Queensland

Writing Better Judgments II
Justice David Lovell

Supreme Court of South Australia

Writing Better Judgments