9 Feb 2005

Marshalls hosts training for Pacific judges

8:00 pm on 9 February 2005

A legal training program for Pacific judges who have not come from the legal profession is being conducted in Majuro in the Marshall Islands.

Sponsored by the Nevada-based National Judicial College's Pacific Islands Institute, the workshop is providing a training opportunity for non-lawyer judges from the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and American Samoa.

Many practicing judges in these islands were not trained as lawyers before taking on their legal posts.

The Marshall Islands High Court Chief Justice, Carl Ingram, says the training is giving them critical legal knowledge in core topics faced in all jurisdictions.

This week's seminar is focusing on contracts and torts.

Earlier training programs for judges in the region have addressed criminal and civil procedures, evidence and constitutional issues.