Closing of the Judiciary for Juniors Programme: “This has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience”
December 25, 2022
December 24, 2022: The 8-day ‘Judiciary for Juniors’ programme targeted towards young women and men between 15 - 20 years in the Maldives closed today, with 37 participants having successfully completed the programme and awarded certificates.
The programme conducted by the Judicial Service Commission and Department for Judicial Administration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Maldives, was supported with UK aid from the British people.
The programme aimed to build interest in the judiciary and Judgeship among prospective law students and students in general and increase their knowledge on the Justice sector and access to justice.
The programme also intended to attract young people towards career ambitions within the judicial field, including Judgeship, administrative systems, policy-making, implementation of legislation and media and communications within the judicial sector.
Judiciary for Juniors supported a culture of transparency within the Judiciary, providing key information on due processes (including informing participants of how a Judicial System/Court case is handled through the due process) to the younger generation who were newly introduced to the judicial system.
‘Judiciary for Juniors’ sessions were conducted by a team of facilitators comprising of Judges, Lawyers, JSC staff, DJA staff, UNDP staff, and other experts within the judicial sector, including the Attorney General’s Office, the Prosecutor General’s Office, Family Court, Juvenile Court, Civil Court, Criminal Court, High Court, Supreme Court, Judges Association and Magistrate Court of Kaafu Atoll Gulhi.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Justice of the Supreme Court Uz Husnu Al Suood noted that it is important for students to delve into the reasonings behind the laws and regulations and ponder on the rationality rather than the ink of the laws. Such programmes pave the way for students to develop their thought processes with law and justice in mind.
"Our intention with this programme was to provide a unique entry-point for the participants to not only experience what the justice sector is all about but to go forward with a renewed interest and aspiration in the field of justice," said Chief Judicial Administrator Uza Aishath Rizna while delivering the opening remarks.
The opening of the justice sector is something very rare to indulge in. The Judiciary for Juniors programme came about because there was a need inside the sector to share what is being done—to be heard as much as to tell their story - said Enrico Gaveglia, UNDP Resident Representative in the Maldives.
The ceremony came to an end with remarks by a participant in the program."While this was an eight-day programme, we have learned and gained knowledge that is going to last a lifetime." "How I viewed the justice system in the Maldives has completely changed over these eight days," said Shana Shuaib, a participant in the ‘Judiciary for Juniors’ programme.
Press Release on the opening of the Judiciary for Juniors Programme can be accessed at: First of its kind, ‘Judiciary for Juniors’ Programme kicks-off | United Nations Development Programme (undp.org)
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