Asean CJs discuss ways to work together

SINGAPORE - ASEAN chief justices emerged from an inaugural meeting hosted by the Supreme Court last Friday with ideas of how to work together more closely.

The Supreme Court said in a statement on Sunday that the meeting was "very fruitful", and the chief justices discussed ways to share best practices in the use of court technology and case management techniques.

The possibility of setting up an Internet portal to improve the flow of information on ASEAN judiciaries was also raised.

Training opportunities for ASEAN judges and judicial officers may also be enhanced in future.

Chief justices from all 10 ASEAN countries were represented: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. Singapore was represented by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who assumed his post last November, succeeding former chief justice Chan Sek Keong.

The meeting, held on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council meeting, is intended to provide a regular forum for ASEAN CJs to exchange views on common issues facing ASEAN judiciaries.

The 10 chief justices agreed to meet periodically on the sidelines of future meetings of the ALA.

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