13–14 Jun 2024
Judicial Officers who have completed WBJ I
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.
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:
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.
By the end of this Program, participants will:
Travel and accommodation are not included.