Judgment Writing in Dubai
In 2023, the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre invited the NJCA to run a bespoke judgement writing program. Justice Glenn Martin (Supreme Court, Queensland), The Hon Ann Ainslie Wallace (formerly FCFCoA), President Fleur Kingham (formerly Land Court of Queensland) and the College CEO, Kate Latimer, travelled to the United Arab Emirates to deliver an intensive judgement writing course to thirteen judges from the DIFC Small Claims Tribunal and the Courts of First Instance. While the Dubai judges work exclusively with claims and disputes arising from the DIFC, their responses revealed concerns shared by Australian judges, and a similar desire to produce judgments that are clear, convincing and concise, and delivered in a timely manner.
The sessions were well received, the presenters were very positive about the experience, and the DIFC and the NJCA are having ongoing discussions on potential joint projects in the future.