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6TH JOINT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE BETWEEN BRUNEI, MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE (VIRTUAL)

​PRESS RELEASE

6TH JOINT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE BETWEEN BRUNEI, MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE (VIRTUAL)

THURSDAY 22 JULY 2021

1. The Judiciary of Brunei Darussalam hosted the 6th Joint Judicial Conference (JJC) between Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore on Thursday 22 July 2021. Held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), the biennial conference convened online for the first time since its inception and was attended by the Chief Justices of Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore with a total of 70 judges and judicial officers from the respective judiciaries.

2. The judiciaries of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore meet at the biennial conference to discuss judicial and legal issues of common interest. The JJC serves as a platform to strengthen and deepen ties and provides a valuable setting for the exchange of views and experiences amongst fellow judges and judicial officers. It also reaffirms the long standing friendship and cooperation that exists between Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore.

3. The theme for the 6th JJC was ‘The Protection of Persons and the Court’s Role and Duties in Protecting Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.’ In his opening address, the Honourable Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong emphasized the pivotal role of the courts in adjudicating alleged violations of economic, social and cultural rights and said “it is those who are the most vulnerable in society who are in most need of legal protection”. He went on to add that “the JJC allows us to share our experiences and identify together the possible solutions that can enable our Judiciaries to meet the needs of our justice systems and the people within it that we serve.”

4. The three judiciaries engaged in panel discussions in the areas of child protection in cross border issues and the rise of human trafficking cases: the reasons and sentencing considerations. They also shared their experiences on the judicial administration topic of judges and artificial intelligence (AI) and the extent of the AI’s influence on the Judiciary.

5. In his opening address, the Chief Justice spoke on of the rise of human trafficking cases and highlighted the “significant efforts made by the Government of Brunei Darussalam in its whole-of-nation approach in combating offences against trafficking in persons.” He added that these efforts include the role of the courts as part of the criminal justice system in upholding the rights of human trafficking victims as well as determining sentencing considerations for perpetrators.

--- SUPREME COURT OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM




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