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Upcoming Programs

National Magistrates Orientation Program 2017

Date: 4 to 8-Sep-2017

This five day program, previously called the Phoenix Magistrates Program, is open to magistrates only, providing an opportunity for professional development, reflection, workshops and to meet magistrates from other jurisdictions. It will have a strong emphasis on using the knowledge and skills of people who are familiar with the challenges inherent in the work of a magistrate.

Dialogues on Being a Judge 2017

Date: 4 to 6-Oct-2017

This two and a half day residential program has been developed specifically for experienced (mid career) judges and magistrates. It will provide an opportunity for judicial officers to reflect and share with colleagues their approaches to their work through the exploration of contemporary themes. Further details will be available early in the new year.

National Judicial Orientation Program October 2017 – Registrations are now open

Date: 22 to 27-Oct-2017

The National Judicial Orientation Program has been presented every year since 1994. The program has been developed by a steering committee of experienced judges and judicial education professionals drawn from courts and educational bodies throughout Australia. The primary objective of the program is to assist newly appointed judicial officers with their transition to judicial office by facilitating the development and refinement of the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for effective judging.

Jury Management 2017

Date: 24 to 25-Nov-2017

The purpose of this program is to look at ways of dealing with the many practical issues connected with managing a jury in the course of a jury trial. The program will include sessions on communication, the use of question trails, and the effect of the availability of social media on jury behaviour.


The Joint NJCA/ANU Conference held on 4 and 5 March 2017 in Canberra was a resounding success. Papers from the conference will be posted to our website soon.

There will be 2 National Judicial Orientation Programs held in 2017. 19-24 February in Melbourne (full) and 22-27 October in Sydney. Please register your interest for the October Program.

A Judicial committee has been established to develop an oral judgments program. The location and dates will be advised soon. Please register your interest to receive more information.

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‘A great opportunity to think outside the usual square. Stimulating, enjoyable and interesting. Balance was just right.’

Dialogues on Being a Judge Program October 2015