3 February 2015Print This Post

Judicial College to train foreign judges – for a fee


JAC and NOMS also under pressure to make money

The Judicial College, which trains UK judges, has said that it intends to “introduce a charging scheme for the delivery of international training”.

In its strategy for 2015-2017 the college, which reports to the Lord Chief Justice, said the fees would apply where appropriate, and “in any event” all international training would be delivered on a “cost neutral basis”.

The Judicial College said it wanted to expand its international training activities by running programmes and producing materials “specifically for international use, particularly in judicial conduct and ethics, judicial skills and training the trainers”.

Just Solutions International (JSi), the commercial arm of the National Offender Management Service, was reported recently to be bidding for a £5.9m contract to advise the prisons service in Saudi Arabia.

On its website, JSi said it offered “tried and tested products and services from one of the largest and most integrated offender management systems in the world”.

A government review suggested earlier this month that the Judicial Appointments Commission should charge regulators like the General Medical Council and Solicitors Regulation Authority fees for making “quasi-judicial” appointments.

The JAC was praised for slashing its budget by almost a third since 2010, but the triennial Ministry of Justice review said the commission should move to a “more commercial” model.

Elsewhere in its 2015-17 strategy the Judicial College said it planned to set up faculty to help design and deliver training programmes to the required standard, a broader range of cross-jurisdictional training and further e-learning programmes.

The new faculty would be established, the college said, by “redistributing (not increasing)” the time currently available for judicial training.

The college added that it wanted to “ensure effective cross-border co-operation” on the training of judges across the UK, while it developing its international training activities.

By Nick Hilborne

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