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On 13 November 2021, the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam and British High Commission organised a virtual seminar series delivered by experts from the UK Slynn Foundation.

The two part seminar series offers an opportunity for members of the legal fraternities from Brunei Darussalam and the United Kingdom to discuss and share views. The seminar today was on 'Judgment Writing', delivered by The Honourable Mrs Justice Maura McGowan DBE, judge of the High Court of England and Wales. The seminar was aimed at discussing and sharing practical aspects of judge craft and offering advice on the art of writing good and cogent judgments.

In attendance at the event together with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam, The Honourable Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong were the Attorney General, Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Ahmad bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa, British High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. John Virgoe, and from the Slynn Foundation, The Rt. Honourable Sir Peter Gross and The Honourable Mrs Justice Maura McGowan DBE. More than 80 participants attended the seminar, comprising of justices, judges and judicial officers from the Supreme Court and Syariah Courts and officers from the Attorney General's Chambers.

The event commenced with welcoming remarks from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam, The Honourable Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong. In his welcoming remarks, he stated that "In the pursuit of justice, the value of clear and concise judgments is apparent as they assist court users and the public at large in understanding and accepting the decision of the courts. It goes without saying that we as judges and judicial officers, conscientiously strive to deliver fair and effective judgments. They are, after all, a means of achieving an objective that is universal – that being the just resolution of disputes."

The Chief Justice expressed his sincere appreciation to the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam for their continued support of our Judiciary in providing training and development programmes for our judges and judicial officers. He said "Over the course of recent years, our relationship with our counterparts in the United Kingdom has grown from strength to strength and the British High Commission has assisted us greatly in facilitating the sharing of knowledge and best practices across our Judiciaries. Our continued exchanges are a testament to our commitment to the Rule of Law both domestically and internationally and demonstrates the trust and confidence placed in the integrity of Brunei Darussalam's justice system."

The British High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. John Virgoe, in his opening remarks, acknowledged the close and supportive relationship between UK and Brunei, with judicial cooperation being an important area of partnership for the UK.

He said, "The United Kingdom has a proud tradition of championing international Rule of Law and Rules Based International System. We are delighted that we have been able to work closely with our friends here in Brunei on a number of activities to promote our judicial cooperation – including through opportunities for capacity building and a chance to learn from each other. We hope that lectures - like this - is one of many to come as part of our UK-Brunei Judicial Cooperation."

President of the UK Slynn Foundation, Sir Peter Gross had the pleasure of visiting Brunei in 2019 to deliver a lecture and was part of a panel discussion on court case management. He said, "The Slynn Foundation is committed to the enhancement of the Rule of Law internationally and, in a spirit of friendship, looks forward to developing a warm relationship with Judicial and legal colleagues in Brunei Darussalam, based on a shared common law heritage and building on longstanding ties of cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and the UK, including much valued Judicial cooperation. The Slynn Foundation is most grateful to the British High Commission for facilitating this lecture series. "

The British experts come from the UK Slynn Foundation, which is a UK based charity working with senior judges and justice institutions around the world to enhance the rule of law, and to improve professional understanding of human rights, mediation and legal practice.

Notes to Editors:

The Hon. Mrs Justice McGowan DBE is a High Court Judge in the UK and sits in the Queen's Bench Division. She is the Director of Training for the Senior Judiciary of England & Wales. She retains a strong interest in the practice of advocacy and is an Advanced International Advocacy Trainer. She has taught or lectured in many jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius, Cayman Islands, USA, Ireland, Pakistan and South Africa. She is a trustee of the Slynn Foundation.

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