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Forum on the Modernisation of Case Management
Law and Courts Building, Bandar Seri Begawan, 17 September 2019

1. The Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam have organized a forum on the ‘Modernisation of Case Management’ held on Tuesday 17 September 2019.
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2. The Honourable Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong marked the start of the forum by delivering his opening remarks. The Chief Justice spoke about the need to “maintain a focus on ensuring that justice is open, fair, and timely” and how it can be achieved by “using processes and procedures that encourage robust, consistent case management across the courts”. He also reiterated the commitment to continue developing and improving the courts, and how “active steps must be taken to support the fair administration of justice, particularly in providing a better infrastructure for case management.”
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3. The Right Honourable Lord Justice Gross, Lead Judge for International Relations from the Judiciary of England and Wales was the keynote speaker and panelist for the forum. Lord Justice Gross was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2010 and was appointed Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales in October 2011, thereafter becoming Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from January 2013 to December 2015. Lord Justice Gross has undertaken judicial visits abroad (including Jamaica, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar and Iraq) since 2003. He was appointed Lead Judge for International Relations in January 2018.

4. The Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam remains committed to ensuring that timeliness and efficiency is a top priority in the administration of the courts. The forum is a platform at which all members of the legal community are able to have open and honest discussions about what more can be achieved together through the modernization of case management. Active case management is a fundamental and essential component of achieving justice and it is hoped that the forum will provide opportunities to share, exchange and learn from the best practices from the Judiciary of England and Wales.
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5. The forum also underscores Brunei Darussalam’s long standing relationship with the United Kingdom and the shared commitment on the importance of the rule of law. It is the second forum that has been organized by the Supreme Court and the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam with the participation of a senior member of the Judiciary of England and Wales.

6. The opening of the forum was attended by the Honourable Attorney General Dato Seri Paduka Hj Hairol Arni bin Hj Abdul Majid, Honourable Chief Syarie Judge Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Salim bin Hj Besar; Honourable Justices and Judges of the High Court, Intermediate Court and the Syariah Courts; the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency Mr. Richard Lindsay; the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Hj Mohammad Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim; the Solicitor General, Dayang Hjh Zuraini binti Haji Sharbawi; the President of the Law Society, Mr. On Hung Zheng, the Dean of the Faculty of Syariah and Law of Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University (UNISSA) and the forum’s participants, comprised of officers from the Judiciary, Attorney General’s Chambers, members of the Law Society and students from UNISSA.
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