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					MANAGEMENT PLAN 2006-07
                                    Table of contents

1    Introduction ....................................................................................... 3

2    Strategic Priorities ............................................................................ 4

3    Delivering the Management Plan ..................................................... 5

4    Governance structure ....................................................................... 6

5    Main Board, Executive Committee and Secretariat ........................ 7

6    Training Committee......................................................................... 12

7    Judicial Training Strategy Project Board ...................................... 17

8    Communications and Editorial Board (CommEd) ........................ 20

9    Information and Communications Technology Working Group
     (ICTWG) ............................................................................................ 22

10   Equal Treatment Advisory Committee (ETAC) ............................. 25

11   Criminal Committee ........................................................................ 28

12   Family Committee ........................................................................... 33

13   Civil Committee ............................................................................... 38

14   Magisterial Committee .................................................................... 42

15   Tribunals Committee....................................................................... 57




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1 Introduction
The Judicial Studies Board’s purpose is to ensure that it delivers high quality training to
enable judicial office holders to discharge their duties effectively, in a way which preserves
judicial independence and supports public confidence in the judiciary .

Our training supports the independent judiciary, comprising 1,385 full time judges and 2,485
part time judges. The JSB has taken on greater responsibility for the training, monitoring and
evaluation of approximately 28,700 magistrates across England and Wales. We will continue
to support the training activities for some 15,000 chairmen and members under the new
Tribunals Service.
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On April 1 2006, the responsibility for the provision and sponsorship of training passed to
the Lord Chief Justice. Responsibility for the provision and allocation of resources rests with
the Lord Chancellor (as described in paragraph 19 of the Concordat).

Judicial Training Strategy

In 2005, the JSB embarked on the development of a new judicial training strategy, which will
ensure that the judiciary are provided with a training programme that reflects needs identified
and which is delivered using the most appropriate, efficient and sustainable means for
learning. Recommendations for the implementation of the strategy will be included in a final
report, which will be completed by the summer of 2007 (see 7).

New Unified Tribunals Service – Framework for Evaluation

The JSB has recently developed a Framework for Evaluation of Tribunal Training, which is
the culmination of a series of initiatives in the development of competences, appraisal and
mentoring guidance for tribunals. Over the next two years the JSB will undertake a
programme of evaluation of the training, appraisal and mentoring provision in those
tribunalsthat formed the new Tribunals Service in April 2006. These evaluations will inform the
Senior President of Tribunals about their training provision and assist the tribunals in the
development of training programmes (see 15.5.1).

Leadership training

The JSB continues to run courses for members of the judiciary who have leadership or
management roles. The courses are designed to enable participants to improve their
effectiveness in maintaining relationships with other parties, influencing colleagues and
making the most effective use of time and resources (see 6.5.6Managing Judicial
Leadership).



Monitoring and Evaluation

Since taking on its strengthened role in magistrates training the JSB has begun developing its
monitoring and evaluation function.       This has involved agreeing standards with the
magistrates’ courts service for identifying training needs, designing training solutions,
delivering those solutions and evaluating their effectiveness.     Magistrates’ Area Training
Committees (MATC) and Justices’ Clerks with responsibility for magistrates training at Area
level will develop their own strategy for evaluating the training they deliver.    The JSB’s
Monitoring and Evaluation team will visit each Area to provide advice and support, identify

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good practice to share with the service as a whole and agree an action plan where areas for
improvement have been identified. The Monitoring and Evaluation team will provide a report
for the Area and the Magisterial Committee following each monitoring and evaluation visit.

Each Area will provide the JSB with a copy of its Area training plan for the forthcoming year
and at the end of that year an annual report outlining the actual training provided. For the first
time the Magisterial Committee will have a complete picture of the training being planned and
delivered for magistrates across England and Wales and the cost and amount of magistrate
and staff time involved in that delivery.

Governance review

As a response to constitutional changes, the recent growth in the JSB’s role, particularly
relating to magistrates and tribunals, and the Judicial Training Strategy project (see 5.5.2), the
Executive Directors will lead a review of the governance structures of the JSB during
2006/2007.



2 Strategic Priorities
The JSB’s current strategic priorities are drawn from the Strategic Plan for 2005-08, with
which this Management Plan is aligned. This year, we will develop the JSB Strategic Plan
2008-11, which will reflect the JSB’s commitment to developing judicial training and will be
aligned to the 2007 Spending Review.

This Management Plan outlines work that will achieve and build on the strategic priorities
during 2006-7.



Strategic priority                                  Work undertaken in 2006-7

                                                    Board and committees

Improve our ability to respond to major             Major        change   initiatives    and   current
change initiatives                                  responses are outlined in the introduction
                                                    above (see section 1). Responses to change
Respond to changes in the constitutional and
                                                    in the constitutional framework are achieved
administrative framework
                                                    through the governance review (see section
                                                    1) and the development of effective working
                                                    relationships     with new organisations (see
                                                    5.5.2).

                                                    ETAC

Improve standards and extend the integration        This priority is the ongoing business of the
of diversity issues into the design, delivery       Equal Treatment           Advisory     Committee
and evaluation of training delivered by or on       (ETAC) (see 10).
behalf of the JSB

                                                    Magisterial Committee

Assume direct responsibility for the training of    During 2005-6 work in these two areas has
the magistracy                                      progressed and these strategic priorities
                                                    have been refined as follows:
Professional development of justices’ clerks

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and legal advisers in the magistrates’ courts       Prepare materials for use in the training of
                                                    magistrates covering the core areas of their
                                                    judicial functions and ensure the training they
                                                    receive      is   impartial   and   provides   the
                                                    necessary support to enable them to fulfil
                                                    their judicial role.

                                                    Agree the JSB and HMCS’s respective roles
                                                    in the training of justices’ clerks and legal
                                                    advisers, secure the necessary resources
                                                    and implement a plan for taking on the JSB’s
                                                    agreed responsibilities.

                                                    Training Committee

Improve access for the judiciary to education       This is achieved through the Judicial Training
through the development and delivery of an          Strategy Project and ongoing work with the
effective distance learning strategy                Information and Communications Working
                                                    Group.
Deliver    the     JSB’s    Information     and
Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy

                                                    Tribunals Committee

Respond to the changing needs of the                This is being achieved by working closely
tribunals sector and support the new unified        with the Senior President and the Chief
tribunals system                                    Executive of the new Tribunals service on the
                                                    outcomes from the JSB’s programme to
                                                    evaluate the training, appraisal and
                                                    mentoring provision in Tribunals. (see 1).



All committees are responsible for delivering induction training, continuing professional
education, and change and modernisation. The work programmes of each committee show
how this will be achieved in 2006-7.



3 Delivering the Management Plan
The Management Plan is matched to resources available following the 2004 Spending
Review. Our forecast requirement for 2006-2007 is £8.1 million.

The entire budget is allocated into programmed work. Each committee has been allocated a
budget for its work programme. Any additional work must be met by re-prioritisation within
that budget or identification of additional external funding.




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4 Governance structure
The Management Plan is divided into committee areas to promote ease of reporting under the
current JSB governance structure.


                                       Main Board




                                   Executive Committee




Tribunals           Magisterial         Judicial               Equal         Training
Committee           Committee           Committees             Treatment     Committee
                    and     sub-                               Advisory
                                        Civil                                JTS
                    committees                                 Committee
                                        Criminal                             ICTWG

                                        Family                               CommEd




The role of the Secretariat is to support the Board and committees in the development and
delivery of its Strategy and Management Plan.




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5 Main Board, Executive Committee and
  Secretariat
5.1 Main Board

5.1.1   Role of the Main Board
   Set the overall policy and strategic aims and objectives of the JSB (Strategy)

   Approve the JSB’s annual programme (Management Plan)

   Determine aggregate annual JSB resource requirements

   Maintain judicial control over the design and delivery of training

   Manage the JSB’s overall relationship with government, the judiciary, the magistracy and
    the public.




5.1.2   Board Membership
Lord Justice Keene                              Chairman

Mrs Justice Black                               Chairman of the Family Committee

Mrs Justice Cox                                 Chairman of ETAC

Mrs Justice Dobbs                               Chairman of the Magisterial Committee

Mr Justice Owen                                 Chairman of the Civil Committee

Mr Justice Pitchford                            Chairman of the Criminal Committee

Mr Justice Sullivan                             Chairman of the Tribunals Committee

Judge Victor Hall                               Director of Studies

Judge Richard Bond                              Course Director, Family Committee

Judge Richard Pollard                           Course Director, Criminal Committee

District Judge Helen Wood                       Family Committee member

District Judge Geoffrey Edwards                 Director of IT Training

William Davis QC                                Recorder member, Criminal Committee

Godfrey Cole                                    Course Director for the Tribunals Committee

Susan Hewett OBE JP                             Magisterial Committee member

Professor Judith Masson                         Academic member

Alex Allan                                      DCA Permanent Secretary

John Lyon                                       LJSG Director-General

Sir Ron de Witt                                 HMCS Chief Executive

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Christine Stewart                              Home Office

Maggy Pigott and Judith Killick                Joint Executive Directors




5.2 Executive Committee

5.2.1   Role of the Executive Committee
   Set and manage the achievement of the JSB’s annual programme (Management Plan)

   Ensure the JSB is equipped to take on its new roles, including the training of magistrates
    and tribunals, and implementing an Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
    Strategy

   Set and monitor priorities between programmes within the JSB Management Plan

   Monitor the JSB’s utilisation of its financial and human resources.


5.2.2   Committee membership
Lord Justice Keene                             Chairman

Mrs Justice Black                              Chairman of the Family Committee

Mrs Justice Cox                                Chairman of ETAC

Mrs Justice Dobbs                              Chairman of the Magisterial Committee

Mr Justice Owen                                Chairman of the Civil Committee

Mr Justice Pitchford                           Chairman of the Criminal Committee

Mr Justice Sullivan                            Chairman of the Tribunals Committee

Judge Victor Hall                              Director of Studies

Maggy Pigott and Judith Killick                Joint Executive Directors




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5.3 JSB Secretariat

5.3.1   Role of the Secretariat
The role of the Secretariat is to support the Board and Executive Committee in the
development and delivery of its Strategy and Management Plan.                       In particular, its
responsibilities are to:

   Ensure the efficient and effective administration of training delivered by the JSB, including
    all committee business, course management, event organisation, research, publications
    and technology support.

   Manage governance and the decision-making process, including appointments to
    committees.

   Ensure the structures and resources (including staff) are in place to enable the Board to
    deliver its objectives.

   Manage the JSB’s financial and other resources.

   Ensure targets, risk and the budget are monitored and managed.

   Maintain effective links between the Board and those with an interest in its business,
    including effective international relations.

   Provide advice and guidance to the Board and its committees, enabling the development,
    planning and delivery of high quality judicial training programmes.

   Ensure DCA responsibilities are met for financial reporting and staffing as determined in
    the Memorandum of Understanding with the Directorate of Judicial Offices.

   Enable the provision and maintenance of an infrastructure and programmes that support
    judicial distance learning and knowledge management.

   Within the DCA and JSB HR policy framework develop effective arrangements for the
    recruitment, management, training and development of staff at individual and team level –
    including development aimed at equipping staff for promotion within the JSB and the DCA

   Foster a culture of respecting diversity within the team and the JSB.


5.3.2   Management Board
Maggy Pigott and Judith Killick                         Joint Executive Directors

Helen Baker                                             Head of Judicial Training Unit

Mary Holmes                                             Head of Tribunals and Training Units and
                                                        Senior Training Advisor

Lynne McGechie                                          Head of Magistrates’ Training Unit and
                                                        Senior Training Advisor

Mark Shore                                              Head of Corporate Services Unit




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        5.4 Strategic priorities
        All strategic priorities are integrated into the work programme of the Board and Executive
        Committee.


        5.5 Work programme
        The following work is managed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board.


5.5.1   JSB Management cycle
        To complete the annual management cycle, including developing:

        Zero based Spending Review 2007                                           June    to        December
                                                                                  2006

        Management Plan and Financial Allocation 2007-08                          October           2006     to
                                                                                  March 2007

        Annual Report 2006-07                                                     March to April 2007




5.5.2   Governance
        To conduct a review of the JSB’s governance structure.                    April 2006 to March
                                                                                  2007

        To manage the planning process with Her Majesty’s Courts Service          March        to     October
        as agreed in the Protocol (developed in 2005).                            2006

        To develop a working relationship with the newly established Judicial     March to December
        Office and Judicial Appointments Commission.                              2006

        To maintain communication routes with the Senior Judiciary and the
        Senior President of Tribunals in the light of new constitutional
        changes.




5.5.3    Appointments
        To organise and deliver a fair and open process for appointments to       An        appointments
        the Judicial Studies Board, committees and tutor teams, in line with      schedule will be run
        Public     Appointments   Commission      Guidance,       through   the   throughout the year.
        organisation of competitions for the individual posts held on
        committees.




5.5.4   International training and support
        The Director of Studies to undertake exchange visits and oversees         Developmental            links
        the JSB’s involvement in projects to assist the development of            will    be        confirmed
        training programmes.                                                      throughout the year.


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 5.5.5    European Judicial Training Network (EJTN)
          To participate in the European Judicial Training Network. The            Events      will   be
          Director of Studies to represent the JSB at EJTN Steering and            confirmed throughout
          Working Groups, and facilitate, as necessary, judicial access to         the year.
          relevant training events organised under the auspices of EJTN.




5.5.6    United Kingdom Judicial Council (UKJC)
          The Director of Studies to participate as a member of the United         Projects assisting the
          Kingdom Judicial Council, the training organisation for England,         UKJC        will   be
          Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland, which meets twice yearly.           scheduled throughout
                                                                                   the year.




5.5.7    Annual Lecture
          To maintain and foster new contacts within the justice system in         The Annual Lecture
          England and Wales by providing a forum for discussion and debate         will be held in March
          on wider judicial issues.                                                2007.

          Publication of materials supporting the Annual Lecture.




5.5.8    International Conference 2009
          To develop plans to host an international conference in 2009             Preparatory work will
                                         th
          coinciding with the JSB’s 30        Anniversary, to increase the JSB’s   be           scheduled
          international profile.                                                   throughout the year.




5.5.9    Board and Executive Committee meetings
          To organise and hold Board and Executive Committee meetings as required in order to
          ensure delivery of their objectives.

          The Board has meetings scheduled in December 2006 and March 2007.

          The Executive Committee has meetings scheduled twice per legal term (six per annum). It will
          hold an Awayday in November 2006.




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6 Training Committee
6.1 Role of the Training Committee
   Identify and oversee, on behalf of the Board, cross-cutting training issues such as
    domestic violence, information technology, appraisal, leadership and management
    training.

   Oversee training for trainers.

   Identify and promote best practice in planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of
    training.

   Responsibility for advising the Board on the Judicial Training Strategy, Communications
    and Editorial Strategy and its ICT Strategy through the three sub-committees of the
    Training Committee (see sections 7, 8 and 9).

   Ensure that all training integrates appropriate information technology, and principles of
    fair treatment and diversity.


6.2 Membership
Judge Victor Hall                       Director of Studies

Mrs Susan Allen                         Magisterial Committee

Judge Richard Bond                      Family Committee

Godfrey Cole                            Tribunals Committee

Mrs Justice Cox DBE                     ETAC Committee

Mr Justice Beatson                      Senior Judiciary Seminars

Judge Alistair MacDuff QC               Civil Committee

Judge John Sessions                     Criminal Committee

District Judge Geoff Edwards            Information Technology

Judge Eleri Rees                        Training for Welsh Speaking Judiciary

Maggy Pigott and Judith Killick         Joint Executive Directors




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6.3 Strategic Priorities
Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of the Training Committee
include:

Strategic priority 2: Improve standards and extend the integration of diversity issues into the
design, delivery and evaluation of training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

This is achieved by investing in training for course directors and course organisers.

Strategic priority 3: Improve access for judicial officers to education through the
development and delivery of an effective Distance Learning Strategy.

Strategic priority 4: Improve our ability to respond to major change initiatives

Strategic priority 5: Deliver the JSB’s Information and Communication Technology Strategy.

Strategic priority 7: Respond to changes in the constitutional and administrative framework




6.4 Objectives
   To improve opportunities for professional development for those who act as course
    directors, trainers and facilitators in order that they are equipped with the necessary skills
    and knowledge to provide effective training for the JSB.

   To provide support for a programme of training for the Welsh speaking judiciary to enable
    them to conduct with confidence cases that are held partly or fully in the Welsh
    Language.

   To provide support and guidance to those jurisdictions that are developing appraisal and
    mentoring schemes to ensure that those with appraisal and mentor roles have the skills
    and knowledge necessary to undertake these tasks.

   To provide management training to judicial appointees with leadership or management
    roles in order to improve their effectiveness by sharing experiences and best practice.

   To provide a forum for sharing of information on current issues and developments and
    support through coaching by members of the LCJ’s Senior Judiciary team and extended
    family in order to assist them in the development of their role under the constitutional
    changes.

   To provide a forum for sharing of information on current issues and developments by
    members of the High Court Bench to enable them to benefit from aspects of mainstream
    judicial training.

   To review the methods by which the JSB delivers training to the judiciary in the light of
    changes to judicial structure, new legislation and technology in order to improve training
    standards.

   To co-ordinate cross-board initiatives in order to ensure consistency of approach in all
    JSB training.




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            To co-ordinate the work of the ICTWG and Communications and Editorial Sub-
             Committees to ensure consistency of approach to the integration of e-learning, distance
             learning and communication tools into the Boards programme.


         6.5 Work programme

6.5.1   Skills Course for Course Directors
         To introduce recently appointed course directors, ETAC members             One per year - run
         and tribunal training directors to the skills they will need in order to   according to demand
         provide and contribute, respectively, to effective training for the JSB
         and tribunals.




6.5.2   Annual Conference for Course Directors
         To provide a forum for sharing information on current issues and           September 2006
         best practice in training.




6.5.3   Effective Use of Small Groups (Judicial)
         To equip trainers with the competencies they require to facilitate,        One seminar per year
         effectively and with confidence, small-group work as a training            -   run      subject   to
         method.                                                                    demand.




6.5.4   Training for the Welsh Speaking Judiciary
         To ensure that Welsh speaking judges develop or enhance their              March 2007
         skills and confidence to deal with court proceedings involving the
         use of the welsh language by any party or witness.




6.5.5   District Judge mentoring
         To assist circuit judges in their role as mentors of district judges.      Mid-year         training
                                                                                    evaluation




6.5.6   Managing Judicial Leadership
         To provide an opportunity for judicial appointees with leadership or       May 2006
         management roles to improve their effectiveness by sharing
                                                                                    Nov 2006
         experiences and best practice.




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6.5.7   Leadership for the Judicial Executive Board and senior judiciary
         To assist the Judicial Executive Board and members of the extended      One per year
         family in the discharge of their management responsibilities to
         provide leadership and welfare of the judiciary.




6.5.8   Presiding Judges’ Conference
         To provide a forum for the Senior Presiding Judge to communicate        One per year
         the management of resources, deployment and meeting targets to
         the Presiding Judges.

         To deliver a seminar for Presiding Judges to share experiences
         and best practice in leadership and current issues.                     By January 2007




6.5.9   Senior judiciary seminars
         To enable the High Court judiciary to receive training on specialist    A series of post-court
         areas. Specialist training needs are being reviewed as part of the      seminars     will    be
         Judicial Training Strategy.                                             scheduled    (2-3    per
                                                                                 term) at the Royal
         To ensure that the Board's current judicial training programme is
                                                                                 Courts of Justice.
         responsive to the needs of the senior judiciary through the formation
         of a Senior Judiciary Working Group.




6.5.10 Course evaluations
         To develop and maintain a consistent approach across the Board’s training.




6.5.11 Monitor distance learning projects
         To approve the work of the ICT Working Group and Communications and Editorial Board, in
         particular, the Distance Learning Strategy in light of the outcomes of the training needs
         analysis being conducted for the professional judiciary.




6.5.12 Training Committee meetings
         The Training Committee has meetings scheduled three times per year, in June 2006,
         November 2006 and March 2007.




6.5.13 Welsh Bench Book
         For the provision of the new Bench Book to those attending the Welsh Language Seminar.



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7 Judicial Training Strategy Project Board
7.1 Role of the JTS Project Board
   Monitor the progress of the project and consider outcomes of identified milestones;

   Provide strategic and practical advice and if necessary give direction to the Project
    Manager to enable the resolution of critical issues as and when required;

   Provide strategic advice and support to the Project Manager and executive decision
    makers;

   Refer issues to other decision makers where necessary and remove any obstacles to
    success;

   Approve changes to the project;

   Represent interests of, and secure commitments from, those charged with responsibility
    for judicial training


7.2 JTS Project Board Membership
Lord Justice Keene                                  Chairman

Mrs Justice Cox                                     Chairman of ETAC

Mr Justice Pitchford                                Chairman of the Criminal Committee

Judge Victor Hall                                   Director of Studies

District Judge Lethem                               Civil Committee

Professor Judith Masson                             Main Board academic member

To be confirmed                                     DCA, Director Consumer Strategy

Judith Killick and Maggy Pigott                     Joint Executive Directors

Helen Baker                                         Head of Judicial Training Unit

Melanie Roseveare                                   Judicial Training Strategy Project Manager




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         7.3 Strategic Priorities


         The Project’s objectives have been developed to help the JSB achieve three of the eight
         strategic priorities contained in the JSB Strategy 2005/08. These are:

         Strategic priority 2: To improve standards and extend the integration of diversity issues into
         the design, delivery and evaluation of training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

         Strategic priority 3: To improve access for the judiciary to education through the
         development and delivery of an effective distance learning strategy

         Strategic priority 5: To deliver the JSB’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
         Strategy


         7.4 Objectives
            To have in place a judicial training strategy that enhances existing training provision and
             within which sits a Judicial Competence Framework together with a delivery plan for that
             strategy.

            The strategy will ensure that the judiciary is provided with a training programme that
             reflects the training needs identified and which is delivered using the most appropriate,
             efficient and sustainable means for learning.


         7.5 Work Programme

7.5.1   Judicial training strategy research
         To undertake a Learning Needs Analysis to enable a clear
         understanding of judicial training needs and to ensure that the
                                                                                  Final    report     June
         development of the JSB’s new judicial training strategy meets the
                                                                                  2006
         learning needs of the judiciary at all levels.




7.5.2   Judicial training competence framework
         To develop a judicial competence framework(s), which will set out        Research              &
         the skills, knowledge and behavioural attributes needed to perform       development
         the judicial function in order to have structure against which the new   completed by October
         training judicial training curriculum will be effectively developed.     2006

                                                                                  Consultation, test &
                                                                                  pilot   completed     by
                                                                                  March 2007




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7.5.3   New judicial training curriculum
         To develop a judicial training curriculum to include training in areas   March 2007
         where gaps have been identified from the Judicial Learning Needs
         Analysis (LNA) in order to provide a framework against which the
         new Judicial training strategy is delivered which meets the needs of
         the judiciary at all levels.




7.5.4   Training access and delivery
         To conduct a study of internal and external trainer skills in order to   March 2007
         ensure that the training skills necessary to implement the new
         training curriculum are identified and that trainers develop skills
         where appropriate.




7.5.5   Project delivery
         To develop a sustainable delivery plan for the new training strategy,    March 2007
         including a range of training methods and tools which are accessible
         and easy to use, in order to implement the new judicial training
         strategy.




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         8 Communications and Editorial Board (CommEd)
         8.1 Role of the Communications and Editorial Board
         CommEd is a sub-board of the Training Committee. It has responsibility for:

            Ensuring that there are proper arrangements in place for quality control of any materials
             published under the auspices of the JSB.

            Advising the Training Committee on the adoption of a rolling three-year communication
             strategy.

            Overseeing the main JSB communications mechanisms, such as the Bench Books,
             Newsletter and JSB websites.

            Devising and recommending policy on publications and related areas, such as freedom of
             information and copyright in materials produced under the auspices of the JSB.


         8.2 Membership
         Judge Victor Hall                           Director of Studies (Chairman)

         Judge Richard Bond                          Family Committee

         Godfrey Cole                                Tribunals Committee

         District Judge Geoffrey Edwards             Director of IT Training


         8.3 Strategic Priorities
         Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of CommEd include:

         Strategic priority 3: Improve access for judicial officers to education through the
         development and delivery of an effective Distance Learning Strategy

         Strategic priority 5: Deliver the JSB’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
         Strategy




         8.4 Work programme
         The following aspects of the Training Committee are achieved through CommEd:


8.4.1   JSB Newsletter
         To oversee the publication of the JSB’s bi-annual Newsletter. Liase          July   2006     and
         with other committees to obtain articles.                                    February 2007




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8.4.2   Other JSB Publications
         To provide such books and other materials as required by the
         Secretariat.




8.4.3   Editorial review
         To perform an editorial review and monitor the quality of all publications produced throughout
         the year.




8.4.4   JSB Communication Strategy
         To maintain and deliver the JSB’s Communication Strategy throughout the year.




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9 Information and Communications Technology
  Working Group (ICTWG)
9.1 Role of the ICTWG
   Advise the Training Committee on and overseeing the achievement of the JSB ICT
    Strategy.

   Set the policy and practice for use of electronic communications media such as JSB
    websites, CD-ROMs, video and audio material.

   Oversee the programme of IT training for judges.

   Advise the Training Committee on the implications of introduction of new IT and
    communications technology for judges and ensure the JSB’s views are represented as
    appropriate on relevant programme and project boards.


9.2 Membership
Judge Victor Hall                         Director of Studies

District Judge Geoffrey Edwards           Director of IT Training

Susan Allen JP                            Magisterial Committee

Neal Jayes                                Head of ICT Unit




9.3 Strategic Priorities
Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of the ICTWG include:

Strategic priority 3: Improve access for judicial officers to education through the
development and delivery of an effective distance learning strategy.

Strategic priority 5: Deliver JSB’s Information and Communication Technology Strategy.

The ICTWG will assist in achieving:

Strategic priority 1: Assume direct responsibility for the training of the magistracy.

Strategic priority 6: Respond to the changing needs of the tribunals sector and support the
new unified tribunals system.

Strategic priority 8: Professional development of justices’ clerks and legal advisers in the
magistrates’ courts.




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         9.4 Work programme

9.4.1   Judicial IT training
         To provide continuing assistance to new and existing judges to             Ad hoc as judges are
         achieve and maintain IT skills as expressed in the draft competence        appointed or require
         framework (probably by means of local, IT liaison judge-led support        refresher training
         in using the training CD-ROMs).

         In partnership with Course Directors, to provide relevant IT skills
                                                                                    As each course takes
         training for inclusion on induction and continuation courses.
                                                                                    place
         To provide a national programme of locally- provided training and
                                                                                    As required
         support (probably via an expanded network of IT Liaison Judges) to
         keep pace with change.

         To organise Liaison Judges’ seminar to provide relevant IT skills          2 meetings (October
         training for inclusion on induction and continuation courses.              2006, March 2007)




9.4.2   Tribunals’ and magistrates’ ICT projects
         To identify the communication and information management needs             To      be    completed
         of the tribunals’ judiciary and the magistracy in line with the training   within financial year
         needs analysis being delivered by the Training Committee.




9.4.3   JSB websites
         Bring Magistrates trainers website into main public site                   April - June 2006

         Create a series of pages for the JSB on the existing DCA Intranet          April - May 2006

         Enhancement of existing training website                                   July 06 - March 07

         Move main website and intranet to RedDot Content Management                Oct 06 - March 07
         System

         Implement any website changes as a result of the Judicial Training
                                                                                    Nov 06 - March 07
         Strategy




9.4.4   IT bench book
         To maintain, review and update the Information Technology Bench            To      be    completed
         Book                                                                       within financial year




9.4.5   Gatekeeper for technology requirements
         To work on new developments such as the Judicial Portal,           liaising with suppliers on the
         development and delivery of the necessary training and ‘badging’ of training materials.



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9.4.6   ICTWG meetings
         The ICTWG has meetings scheduled in May 2006, November 2006 and January 2007.




9.4.7   Internal IT needs, managed by the secretariat
         To provide additional software and hardware required by new judges   As required
         and the secretariat and updates to existing software, licences and
         support.




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10 Equal Treatment Advisory Committee (ETAC)
10.1 Role of ETAC
To provide training and supporting materials which enable judicial officers to:

   Perform their judicial functions in a manner that is fair and free from bias or discrimination

   Identify their own prejudices and preconceptions and how these can affect their decision-
    making and interpersonal relationships

   Acquire the relevant knowledge about race, culture, religion, gender, disability and sexual
    orientation and other diversity issues

   Advise the Main Board and committees on ways in which judges, magistrates and
    tribunals judiciary can be assisted in addressing equal treatment and diversity issues

   Assist in reviewing and keeping under review the content of the JSB seminars to ensure
    they reflect the aims and objectives of ETAC.


10.2 Membership
Mrs Justice Cox                                      Chairman

DJ Gordon Ashton                                     Civil Course Consultant

DJ (MC) Ian Baker                                    DDJ (MC) & DJ (MC) Course Consultant

Parmjit Cheema                                       Barrister / Criminal Course Consultant

Tufyal Choudhury                                     Academic

Jonathan Freeman                                     DCA Official

Yvette Genn                                          Barrister / NCDJF & Tribunals Skills Course
                                                     Consultant

Judith Gleeson                                       Senior Immigration Judge

Judge Simon Hammond                                  Circuit Judge. Ethnic Minority Liaison Judge

Susan Hewett OBE, JP                                 Magistrate

Judge Keith Hornby                                   Circuit Judge

Judge Geoffrey Kamil                                 Public Family Course Consultant

Karon Monaghan                                       Barrister

DJ Ray Singh                                         Private Family Course Consultant

Judge Sybil Thomas                                   Circuit Judge

Mandy de Waal                                        Consultant

Judge Victor Hall                                    Director of Studies

Judith Killick and Maggy Pigott                      Joint Executive Directors



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        10.3 Strategic Priorities
        Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of ETAC include:

        Strategic priority 2: Improve standards and extend the integration of diversity issues into the
        design, delivery and evaluation of training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

        This is achieved under the remit of the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee to provide
        knowledge and advice that assists the performance of judicial functions regarding race,
        culture, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation and other diversity issues.


        10.4 Objectives
           Revise ETAC’s work programme, in order to support its long-term fair treatment training
            strategy.

           Publish an annual revision of the Equal Treatment Bench Book, in order to ensure that its
            content is relevant, accurate, and up to date.

           Further develop the integration of fair treatment into training, in order to maintain the
            improvement in standards in the design, delivery and evaluation of training delivered by
            or on behalf of the JSB.

           Further develop relationships/communication with course directors, in order to be able to
            assist in the integration of fair treatment issues into the design, delivery and evaluation of
            training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

           Further develop relationships with external bodies, in order to ensure ETAC is kept up to
            date with developments in relation to fair treatment.


        10.5 Work programme

10.5.1 Fair treatment training strategy
        To develop a long-term fair treatment training strategy, covering the       By end of May 2006
        years 2006/7 to 2008/9, supported by a programme of work, taking
        account of the Judicial Training Strategy Review.




10.5.2 ETAC Bench Book
        To maintain, review and update the Equal Treatment Bench Book.             By March 2007




10.5.3 Integrate fair treatment into training
        To undertake a review of the integration of equality, diversity and fair   By March 2007
        treatment issues in 2 courses.




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10.5.4 Provision of consultancy advice to course directors
       To provide one nominated consultant for each JSB course (induction, continuation and
       training the trainer events).

       To establish working groups to undertake specific projects and provide targeted and specialist
       advice as needed.




10.5.5 External relationships
       To develop relationships with external bodies by responding positively, within resources
       available, to requests to attend conferences, seminars and meetings, aided by the
       development of a ‘Protocol for Quality Control of Work Undertaken by ETAC Members’.

       Undertake a series of ETAC roadshows and attend after court seminars.




10.5.6 Production of training materials
       To contribute to training and supporting materials for all JSB courses, including the
       development of distance learning, other reference and educational materials and any other
       works in progress.




10.5.7 Magistrates’ and tribunals’ training materials
       To contribute to the design and delivery of training materials for Magistrates’ Courts and
       tribunals, taking account of the JSB’s governance structures and the methods of working
       outlined in the ‘Protocol for ETAC’s Involvement in Magistrates’ Training’ in the Unified Courts
       Administration.




10.5.8 ETAC Meetings
        ETAC will hold its Awayday in April 2006 and will have meetings in June 2006, October 2006
       and January 2007.




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11 Criminal Committee
11.1 Role of the Criminal Committee
Provide, review and develop high quality programmes of induction, continuation and specialist
training for the crown court judiciary, ensuring that identified training and learning needs are
met in a timely, cost-effective way and that all training includes appropriate modules on IT,
and principles of fair treatment and diversity.

Identify and meet judicial training needs arising from planned legislation and other initiatives


11.2 Membership
Mr Justice Pitchford                                    Chairman

Professor Ashworth QC                                   Academic (University of Oxford)

Judge Brian Barker QC                                   Course Director (Continuations)

Parmjit Cheema                                          Barrister / ETAC Representative

William Davis QC                                        Recorder / Barrister

Judge Ann Goddard QC                                    Course Director (Induction / NARCC)

Dr Jeremy Horder                                        Law Commissioner

Keir Hopley                                             Home Office

Master Roger Venne                                      Registrar of Criminal Appeals

Judge John Phillips                                     Course Director (CJ Reforms)

Judge Peter Rook QC                                     Course Director designate (SSOS)

Peter Thornton QC                                       Barrister / Recorder

Judge Simon Tonking                                     JSB Liaison Judge Circuit Seminars

Mrs Chris Pulford                                       Judicial Appointments Division

Judge Victor Hall                                       Director of Studies

Judith Killick and Maggy Pigott                         Joint Executive Directors




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11.3 Strategic Priorities
Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of the Criminal Committee
include:

Strategic priority 1: Assume direct responsibility for the training of the magistracy.

Strategic priority 2: Improve standards and extend the integration of diversity issues into the
design, delivery and evaluation of training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

Strategic priority 3: Improve access for judicial officers to education through the
development and delivery of an effective distance learning strategy.

Strategic priority 4: Improve our ability to respond to major change initiatives.

Strategic priority 5: Deliver JSB’s Information and Communication Technology Strategy.




11.4 Objectives
   Ensure, through the provision of appropriate seminars and materials that the learning
    needs of those judges who exercise criminal jurisdiction at any level (including the High
    Court and Court of Appeal) in England and Wales are met.

   Ensure that seminars and materials meet identified learning needs by providing broad
    guidelines on content and format and agreeing overall aims and learning outcomes.

   Ensure effective supervision of seminars, by consideration of course directors’ reports
    and evaluation questionnaires.

   Provide support and guidance to course directors that enables them to deliver best
    practice in planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of training.

   Ensure that judicial learning needs arising from planned legislation and other initiatives
    are identified and met. During 2006-7 this will include assessment of the training
    implications of the remaining Criminal Justice Reforms provisions, the Mental Health Act,
    and the Review of Judicial Resources.

   Providing contributions to cross-committee work, including: ASBO guidance, victims and
    witnesses (and the use of intermediaries in courts), forensic science in courts (expert
    witnesses); use of Crown Court recorders in Magistrates’ Courts, and the Domestic
    Violence, Crime and Victims Act.

   Identifying and providing critical readers for materials that are relevant to Crown Court
    and magisterial training.

   Ensure the effective management of the Committee’s business by maintaining and
    reviewing business plans; managing risks and resources; identifying key tasks, deciding
    who should undertake them and agreeing a schedule for their completion.

   Commission and approve contributions to the JSB website.

   Ensure that all training integrates appropriate information technology, and principles of
    fair treatment and diversity.




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        11.5 Work programme

11.5.1 Criminal induction courses
        To deliver induction training that will equip newly appointed           January 07
        recorders with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their
        judicial role effectively in the Crown Court.

        Approximately 36 participants will attend each course.

        Delegates will be from appointments to Recorder made by the
        Judicial Appointments Commission.




11.5.2 Criminal continuation seminars
        To deliver continuation training that will keep Crown Court judges      April 2006
        abreast of changes in criminal law and procedure; disseminate
                                                                                June 2006
        information of a more general nature that will enable Crown Court
        judges to better fulfil their role in dealing with criminal cases and   September 06
        provide an opportunity for judges to exchange ideas so as to            September 06
        promote uniformity in sentencing and to draw upon the experiences
                                                                                January 2007
        of others in dealing with problems that occur in criminal trials.
                                                                                January 2007
        Approximately 90 participants will attend each seminar.




11.5.3 Serious Sexual Offences Seminar
        To deliver training that will provide circuit judges and recorders,     July 2006
        authorised to try rape and other serious sexual offences committed
                                                                                November 06
        against adults and children, with the information required to
        understand and address the particular problems arising in these         February 2007
        sensitive cases, and to enable them to share their experience in
        resolving the difficulties inherent in such matters.

        Approximately 80 participants will attend each seminar.

        This is a combined Induction course for new tickets (gatekeeper)
        and a continuation for existing ticket holders. All new High Court
        appointments must attend unless previously trained in another
        judicial capacity.




11.5.4 Circuit Criminal Seminars
        To support Presiding Judges in the delivery of annual, Circuit-based    The circuits run 17
        training in criminal matters by setting appropriate topics and          events from October
        providing relevant materials.                                           2006 to April 2007.




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11.5.5 Newly Appointed Recorder Criminal Conference
        To deliver training that will assist newly appointed recorders to keep      Two courses will run
        up to date with developments in law and procedure, and to reinforce         in       October   and
        their confidence in sentencing and in dealing with practical problems       November 2006.
        in court.

        Approximately 60 participants will attend.




11.5.6 Murder and Manslaughter Seminar
        To give those who try murder and manslaughter trials the                    September 2006
        opportunity to meet, discuss and learn from one another how to
        manage problems that arise during such trials, and to consider the
        conduct of such trials and the sentencing processes upon conviction.




11.5.7 Long and complex trials
        To give those who have long and complex trials the opportunity to           September 2006
        meet, discuss and learn from one another how to cope with the
        difficult problems that arise during such trials, and to consider how
        the conduct of such trials may be improved.




11.5.8 Specimen directions
        To revise and publish the Specimen Directions                               March 2007




11.5.9 Criminal distance learning projects
        To assess and implement the most appropriate methods and tools for distance learning, in
        conjunction with the Training Committee and ICTWG. Consider and commission occasional
        papers on specialist subjects.




11.5.10 Evaluation of training
        In conjunction with the Training Committee, to review the effectiveness of all courses and
        other training products, and ensure course directors undertake necessary improvements.




11.5.11 Integration of fair treatment and diversity
        To ensure that all training integrates principles of fair treatment and diversity.



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11.5.12 Criminal Committee meetings
       The Criminal Committee has meetings scheduled in May 2006, October 2006 and February
       2007.




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12 Family Committee
12.1 Role of the Family Committee
Provide, review and develop high quality programmes of induction, continuation and specialist
training for judges exercising family jurisdiction, ensuring that identified training and learning
needs are met in a timely and cost-effective way and that all training includes appropriate
modules on IT, and principles of fair treatment and diversity.

The Family Committee works with the Magisterial Committee and has formed a joint sub-
committee whose remit covers the development of training policy and resources for
magistrates on family matters.


12.2 Membership
Mrs Justice Black                                     Chairman

Judge Richard Bond                                    Joint Course Director, Public Family Law

District Judge Penny Cushing                          Principal Registry of the Family Division

Judge Donald Cryan                                    Chairman of the Magisterial and Family Sub-
                                                      committee

Judge Geoffrey Kamil                                  ETAC representative

Judge Peter Jones                                     Joint Course Director, Private Family Law

District Judge (MC) Katharine Marshall                Magisterial Committee member

Professor Judith Masson                               Academic member

District Judge Christopher Darbyshire                 Course Director, NCDJ Seminars

John Baker                                            Justices’ Clerks Society

Sally Field                                           DCA

Margaret Wilson                                       Magistrates’ Association

Judge Victor Hall                                     Director of Studies

Judith Killick and Maggy Pigott                       Joint Executive Directors




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12.3 Strategic Priorities
Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of the Family Committee include:

Strategic priority 1: Assume direct responsibility for the training of the magistracy.

Strategic priority 2: Improve standards and extend the integration of diversity issues into the
design, delivery and evaluation of training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

Strategic priority 3: Improve access for judicial officers to education through the
development and delivery of an effective distance learning strategy.

Strategic priority 4: Improve our ability to respond to major change initiatives.

Strategic priority 5: Deliver JSB’s Information and Communication Technology Strategy.




12.4 Objectives
   Ensure, through the provision of appropriate courses, seminars and materials that the
    learning needs of those judges and judicial officers who exercise family jurisdiction at any
    level (including the High Court and Court of Appeal) in England and Wales are met.

   Ensure the development of a training policy and resources for magistrates on family
    matters through the Magisterial and Family Sub-committee.

   Ensure that courses, seminars and materials meet identified learning needs by providing
    broad guidelines on content and format and agreeing overall aims and learning
    outcomes.

   Ensure effective supervision of seminars, by consideration of course directors’ reports
    and evaluation questionnaires.

   Provide support and guidance to course directors that enables them to deliver best
    practice in planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of training.

   Ensure that judicial learning needs arising from planned legislation and other initiatives
    are identified and met. During 2006-7 this will include assessment of the training
    implications of the Mental Incapacity Act, Civil Partnerships, amendments to legislation
    such as the Children and Adoption Bill, and the Review of Judicial Resources.

   Providing contributions to cross-committee work, including: ASBO guidance, victims and
    witnesses, forensic science in courts (expert witnesses); the Domestic Violence, Crime
    and Victims Act.

   Identifying and providing critical readers for materials that are relevant to the Family
    jurisdiction and magisterial training.

   Ensure the effective management of the Committee’s business by maintaining and
    reviewing business plans; managing risks and resources; identifying key tasks, deciding
    who should undertake them and agreeing timescales for their completion.

   Take overall responsibility for the production of the Family Bench Book.

   Commission and approve contributions to the JSB website.

   Ensure that all training integrates appropriate information technology, and principles of
    fair treatment and diversity.
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        12.5 Work programme

12.5.1 Private Family Law Induction Course
        To deliver induction training that will enable those judges who wish        October 2006
        to hear private family law cases to obtain a practical understanding
                                                                                    March 2007
        of the law and judicial skills which are required to discharge the
        jurisdiction.

        Up to 30 participants will attend each course.




12.5.2 Public Family Law Induction Course
        To deliver induction training that will enable those judges who wish        May 2006
        to hear public law cases to obtain a practical understanding of the
                                                                                    December 2006
        law and judicial skills which are required to discharge the jurisdiction.

        Funding for the second course has not yet been confirmed.

        Up to 40 participants will attend.




12.5.3 Private Family Law Continuation Seminar
        To deliver continuation training that will provide members of the full      November 2006
        and part-time judiciary who try private family law cases with an
                                                                                    January 2007
        opportunity to identify and address current problems in private family
        law and to advance their judicial skills in this jurisdiction.

        Up to 65 participants will attend.




12.5.4 Continuation Seminar for Nominated Care District Judges
        To deliver continuation training that will to enable those who sit in the   October/November
        family jurisdiction to review and develop the manner in which they          2006
        exercise their jurisdiction.

        Up to 75 participants will attend.




12.5.5 The Family Law Seminar
        To deliver continuation training that will to enable Judges who hear        November 2006
        care cases to review and develop the manner in which they exercise
                                                                                    January 2007
        their jurisdiction in public and private law and to hear of the work
        undertaken by other disciplines who contribute to the Family Justice
        System.

        Up to 75 participants will attend each seminar.

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12.5.6 Deputy District Judge Circuit Days
         To deliver continuation training that will make provision for and       Seventeen    seminars
         supply a process of continuing education for part time judiciary at     will be run throughout
         district judge level.’                                                  the year. Dates are to
                                                                                 be confirmed by the
         Participants attend regionally.
                                                                                 Regions.
         This training is supported by both the Family and the Civil
         secretariats.




12.5.7 Family mediation
         Pilot taking place in February 2007.




12.5.8 Ancillary relief
         To deliver training that will enable those who hear ancillary relief    The committee is to
         applications to review and develop the manner in which they             decide     whether   2
         exercise their jurisdiction.                                            seminars will be run in
                                                                                 June 2006.
         These seminars will integrate new civil partnerships training.




12.5.9 Mental Capacity Act
         Legislation comes into force April 2007. Training is yet to be
         confirmed by the committee.

         The DCA will pay as response to new legislation.




12.5.10 District Judge Annual Seminar
         To deliver training that will enable district judges to review and to   The seminar will be
         develop a greater understanding of certain aspects of their civil and   run in March 2007.
         family jurisdictions.

         Approximately 350-400 participants will attend (all District Judges
         are invited).




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12.5.11 President’s Conference
        To provide a forum, under the President’s direction, for liaison and        May 2006
        designated family law judges and other contributors.

        1) to address administrative and circuit issues; and

        2) to consider matters of significance in Family Law, the
            implementation and impact of departmental initiatives, and the
            promulgation of best practice and procedure.

        Approximately 85 participants will attend.




12.5.12 Family Law Bench Book
        To revise and publish the Family Law Bench Book.                            June 2006




12.5.13 Family distance learning
        To assess and implement the most appropriate methods and tools for distance learning, in
        conjunction with the Training Committee and ICTWG. Consider and commission occasional
        papers on specialist subjects.




12.5.14 Evaluation of training
        In conjunction with the Training Committee, to review the effectiveness of all courses and
        other training products, and ensure course directors undertake necessary improvements.




12.5.15 Integration of fair treatment and diversity
        To ensure that all training integrates principles of fair treatment and diversity.




12.5.16 Family Committee meetings
        The Family Committee has meetings scheduled on July 2006, November 2006, and February
        2007.




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13 Civil Committee
13.1 Role of the Civil Committee
Provide, review and develop high quality programmes of induction, continuation and specialist
training for judges exercising civil jurisdiction, ensuring that identified training and learning
needs are met in a timely and cost-effective way and that all training includes appropriate
modules on IT, and principles of fair treatment and diversity.


13.2 Membership
Mr Justice Owen                                      Chairman

Judge Nick Chambers QC                               Course     Director,   Specialist   Jurisdiction
                                                     Seminars

District Judge Christopher Lethem                    Course Director, Civil Continuation Seminars

Judge Alistair MacDuff QC                            Course Director, Civil Continuation Seminars

Professor John Peysner                               Academic member

Judge Michael Roach                                  Course Director, Civil Induction training

District Judge Stephen Rogers                        Course Director, DDJ training

District Judge Ray Singh CBE                         ETAC representative

David Wilby QC                                       Recorder member

Stuart Bridge                                        Law Commissioner

Chris Pulford                                        DCA

John Stacey                                          DCA

Judge Victor Hall                                    Director of Studies

Judith Killick and Maggy Pigott                      Joint Executive Directors


13.3 Strategic Priorities
Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of the Civil Committee include:

Strategic priority 2: Improve standards and extend the integration of diversity issues into the
design, delivery and evaluation of training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

Strategic priority 3: Improve access for judicial officers to education through the
development and delivery of an effective distance learning strategy.

Strategic priority 4: Improve our ability to respond to major change initiatives.

Strategic priority 5: Deliver JSB’s Information and Communication Technology Strategy.




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        13.4 Objectives
           Ensure, through the provision of appropriate courses, seminars and materials that the
            learning needs of those judges who exercise civil jurisdiction at any level (including the
            High Court and Court of Appeal) in England and Wales are met.

           Ensure that courses, seminars and materials meet identified learning needs by providing
            broad guidelines on content and format and agreeing overall aims and learning
            outcomes.

           Ensure effective supervision of the courses and seminars, by consideration of course
            directors’ reports and evaluation questionnaires.

           Provide support and guidance to course directors that enables them to deliver best
            practice in planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of training.

           Ensure that judicial learning needs arising from planned legislation and other initiatives
            are identified and met. During 2006-7 this will include assessment of the training
            implications of new legislation, the Review of Judicial Resources, Court Funds Office
            review, telephone hearings in the County Court, Respect Action Plan (parenting orders)
            and the Unified Civil Court.

           Providing contributions to cross-committee work, including: ASBO guidance, victims and
            witnesses, forensic science in courts (expert witnesses); DDJ training .

           Identifying and providing critical readers for materials that are relevant to the Civil
            jurisdiction.

           Ensure the effective management of the Committee’s business by maintaining and
            reviewing business plans; managing risks and resources; identifying tasks, deciding who
            should undertake them and agreeing a schedule for their completion.

           Take overall responsibility for the production of the Civil Bench Book.

           Commission and approve contributions to the JSB website.

           Ensure that all training integrates appropriate information technology, and principles of
            fair treatment and diversity.


        13.5 Work programme

13.5.1 Civil Induction Course
        To deliver induction training that will facilitate those about to sit in the     There is potential for
        county      court   at   circuit   judge   level   in    obtaining   practical   a small course of 19
        understanding of, and approach to, the judicial skills and knowledge             participants to be held
        required.                                                                        in 2006.

        Funds have been allocated in the budget for a full induction
        programme but it is unlikely that there will be sufficient numbers of
        delegates to run the course in this financial year. The committee is to
        confirm.

        Team responsible

        Include judicial and secretariat members responsible for work

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13.5.2 Combined Civil Continuation Seminars
        To deliver continuation training that will:

        Provide continuing education and training on specific legal,               June 2006
        procedural and social issues for full-time and part-time judges so as
                                                                                   October 2006
        to enable them to deal more effectively with civil proceedings;
        provide the opportunity for such judges to exchange views and to           January 2007
        develop a common approach, both across circuit boundaries and              February 2007
        between those who sit full-time and those who sit part-time,
        facilitated by means of discussions in syndicates of case studies
        involving questions of substantive law and practice of the exercise of
        discretion; and

        Provide the opportunity for judges to improve their skills in the use of
        judicial information technology either to compose text, use the
        Internet or use conferencing facilities; or improve their understanding
        of what sources of information are available electronically and how
        to access them.

        Up to 95 participants may attend each seminar.




13.5.3 Specialist Jurisdiction Seminar
        To deliver continuation training that will enable those judges who         September 2006
        hear cases in the three specialist jurisdictions to obtain a practical
        understanding of the law and the judicial skills which are required to
        discharge these jurisdictions.

        Up to 65 delegates will attend.




13.5.4 Deputy District Judge Circuit Days
        To deliver continuation training that will make provision for and          Seventeen    seminars
        supply a process of continuing education for part time judiciary at        will be run throughout
        district judge level.                                                      the year. Dates are to
                                                                                   be confirmed by the
        Participants attend regionally.
                                                                                   Regions.
        This training is supported by both the Family and the Civil
        secretariats.




13.5.5 Civil Mediation
        To run any Alternative Dispute Resolution training courses as
        required.
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13.5.6 Publications
        To revise and publish the Personal Injury Damages Guidelines and            March 2007
        the Civil Bench Book.




13.5.7 Civil distance learning
        To assess and implement the most appropriate methods and tools for distance learning, in
        conjunction with the Training Committee and ICTWG. To consider and commission
        occasional papers on specialist subjects.




13.5.8 Evaluation of training
        In conjunction with the Training Committee, to review the effectiveness of all courses and
        other training products, and ensure course directors undertake necessary improvements.




13.5.9 Integration of fair treatment and diversity
        To ensure that all training integrates principles of fair treatment and diversity.




13.5.10 Civil Committee meetings
        The Civil Committee has meetings scheduled in June 2006, October 2006 and February
        2007.




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14 Magisterial Committee
14.1 Role of the Magisterial Committee
The overarching aim of the Magisterial Committee is to ensure magistrates and District
Judges (Magistrates’ Court) are adequately trained to fulfil their judicial roles and functions
and to ensure that there is consistency in the training magistrates receive at local area and
regional level. In addition the Magisterial Committee has responsibility for defining the JSB’s
role in justices’ clerks and legal adviser training and, subject to resources being made
available, ensuring the content of their legal and professional training is balanced and
impartial and meets agreed standards in terms of content and provision.


14.2 Membership
Mrs Justice Dobbs                                   Chairman

DJ(MC) Ian Baker

DJ(MC) John Woollard

DJ(MC) Tony Browne

Susan Hewett OBE JP

Sue Allen JP

Anthony Hazeldine JP

Dr Julie Richardson MBE JP

Martin Prevezer JP                                  Magistrates’ Association representative

Nick Watson                                         JCS representative

David Greensmith

Keir Hopley                                         Home Office representative

Grantham Pulford                                    DCA

Mary Shaw                                           DCA

Mark Swales                                         HMCS

Judge Victor Hall                                   Director of Studies

Judith Killick and Maggy Pigott                     Joint Executive Directors

Lynne McGechie                                      Head of Magistrates’ Training




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14.3 Strategic Priorities
Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of the Magisterial Committee
include:

Strategic priority 1: Assume direct responsibility for the training of the magistracy.

Strategic priority 8: Professional Development of Justices’ Clerks and Legal Advisers in the
Magistrates’ Courts.

In addition to carrying out the Magisterial Committee’s core business of training, it is also
responsible for carrying out aspects of the JSB’s strategic priorities:

Strategic priority 2: Improve standards and extend the integration of diversity issues into the
design, delivery and evaluation of training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

Strategic priority 3: Improve access for judicial officers to education through the
development and delivery of an effective distance learning strategy.

Strategic priority 4: Improve our ability to respond to major change initiatives.

Strategic priority 5: Deliver JSB’s Information and Communication Technology Strategy.

Strategic priority 7: Respond to changes in the constitutional and administrative framework.




14.4 Objectives
   Develop and review training policy, guidance and framework (MNTI2) within which
    magistrates’ training needs are identified and training is delivered

   Provide guidance and support to Magistrates’ Area Training Committees (MATC), Bench
    Training and Development Committees (BTDC), justices’ clerks, training managers and
    legal advisers charged with local responsibility for magistrates training.

   Develop national training materials in all core areas of magistrate activity that integrate
    equal treatment issues for use in the local delivery of training for magistrates.

   Train the local trainers of magistrates in the use of the national training materials
    prepared by the JSB.

   Set the standards for the local delivery of magistrates training.

   Monitor and evaluate the local training provided for magistrates by justices’ clerks and
    resourced by Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) Areas.

   Provide, review and develop high quality programmes of induction, continuation and
    specialist training on adult and youth court matters for District Judges (Magistrates’
    Courts) that meet identified training and learning need and include appropriate modules
    on information technology and principles of fair treatment and diversity.

   Provide, review and develop high quality training programmes for Bench Chairmen and
    chairmen of Bench Training and Development Committees (BTDC) that meet identified
    training and learning needs and include the principles of fair treatment and diversity.

   Define the JSB’s role in and responsibilities for justices’ clerks and legal adviser training
    develop a plan for taking on that responsibility and subject to resources implement that
    plan.
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14.5 Work programme
The JSB works in partnership with HMCS in the delivery of training for magistrates. The
resources (largely in terms of staff time) required from within the magistrates’ courts
community to support the implementation of the Magisterial Committee’s 2006/7 work
programme have been agreed with HMCS as part of the JSB/HMCS annual protocol
agreement.    The estimated amount of input from justices’ clerks and legal advisers in
contributing to the development of training packages and attending trainers’ workshops is
shown in the tables below.

This section covers the work of the Adult Court Sub-Committee, the Magisterial and Family
Sub-Committee, the Youth Court Sub-Committee (to be formed), the Monitoring and
Evaluation Steering Group, the Legal Adviser Project Steering Group, and the DJ (MC) Sub-
Committee of the Magisterial Committee. It also includes the work of the course directors for
the Bench Chairman and the Bench Training and Development Committee Chairman
courses.

Equal Treatment (Race, Diversity, Victims and Witnesses)

Included in the development of all training programmes, materials and publications is the
appropriate integration of race and diversity issues and specialist advice from the JSB Equal
Treatment Advisory Committee (ETAC) is sought throughout the development process.
Training programmes seek to raise awareness of race and diversity and its importance in the
public service setting. The aim of this approach is to ensure that participants are able to
recognise the value of a diverse society; avoid unintentional discrimination; have a greater
understanding of prejudice and discrimination and identify when and how inappropriate
behaviour should be challenged.

Distance Learning

To support distance learning we plan to develop where ever possible alternative CD/Web
accessible interactive learning programmes through the provision of procedural workbooks
and guides with interactive search facilities, multimedia versions of keynote presentations,
quizzes, and high visual-impact web pages with user-friendly information. These will be
supported by alternative formats e.g. printed workbooks. Assessment of suitability for the
provision of alternative formats will be made at the design stage for each individual project.
The Magisterial Committee will work with the Information and Communications Technology
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        14.6 Adult Court sub-committee programme

14.6.1 Induction programme for newly appointed magistrates
        1. To deliver a national training programme for the induction of newly    Working group:
        appointed magistrates. The purpose of the training is to enable
                                                                                  January – April 2006
        magistrates to demonstrate the competence required of them when
        sitting in the adult court.                                               Pilot: August 2006

        The programme will cover parts 1-3 of the MNTI syllabus: Initial          Trainers workshops:
        introductory training; core training and supporting activities.
                                                                                  January 2007
        2. To deliver a national training programme for consolidation training
        provided to newly appointed magistrates towards the end of their
        first year sitting on the bench. The purpose of the training is to
        provide participants with an opportunity to review their learning over
        the year, practice their skills, identify any further training and
        development needs and begin preparation for their appraisals.

        3. To review and update existing ‘Magistrates Workbook’ as a
        resource material to support the learning process.

        Output

        7x 2 day trainer workshops (105 delegates)

        250 x hard copies of training materials including tutor, pre-event and delegate packs

        250 x magistrates source workbook

        250 x master copies of supporting materials for use by trainers (face to face visual aids)

        Electronic versions of all materials




14.6.2 Continuation training (Adult Court)
        To review and update the JSB Continuation Training Trainers’              Revised materials and
        Toolkit that supports justices’ clerks in their deliver of continuation   guidance:
        training prior to magistrates’ three yearly appraisals.
                                                                                  Autumn 2006

        Output

        Electronic version of updated Continuation Training Guidance Pack




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14.6.3 Magistrates’ Association Grant-in-aid
        1. To deliver two e-learning training solutions for use by             Steering     Group   set
            magistrates as part of their continuation training.                up:

        2. To deliver three ‘ All Manner of People’ diversity workshops to     April 2006
            enhance diversity awareness amongst magistrates and run a          e-learning materials:
            follow up day.
                                                                               Spring 2007
        3. To provide consultancy to the Judicial Studies Board on a range
            of training issues.                                                All Manner of People
                                                                               Workshops:

                                                                               April – June 2006

        Output

        2 x e-learning activities

        3 x 3 day workshops (15 delegates on each course)

        Follow up day




14.6.4 Chairing the Adult Court - Chairmanship Training for Magistrates
        1. To review and update the JSB Role Awareness and Basic               Working Group:
        Chairmanship training materials provided in 2005/2006.
                                                                               Ongoing
        2. To provide a distance learning ‘Taking the Chair’ workbook to be
                                                                               Materials:
        used:
                                                                               March 2007
           to support the chairmanship training programme and

           as a development activity magistrates may use in preparation for
            chairmanship training.

        Output

        Electronic versions of tutor, pre-event, delegate packs and ‘Taking the Chair’ workbook

        100x hard copies of the ‘Taking the Chair’ workbook




14.6.5 Adult Court bench book
        To up date the national guidelines, checklists and pronouncements      Printed Updates:
        for magistrates in the Adult Court Bench Book.
                                                                               September 2006

        Output

        Distribution of 35,000 hard copy update




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        14.7 Magisterial and Family Sub-committee programme
        The Magisterial Committee works with the Family Committee and has formed a joint sub-
        committee whose remit covers the development of training policy and resources for
        magistrates on family matters.


14.7.1 Induction and consolidation programme for new panel members
        1. To review and update the JSB Family Induction training materials           Working Group:
        produced in 2005/2006.
                                                                                      Ongoing
        2. To provide a JSB Family Consolidation training programme and
        materials. The purpose of the training is to provide magistrates who
        have been sitting in the family proceedings court for around a year
        with an opportunity to review their learning since induction, practice
        skills, identify any further training and development needs and begin
        preparation for their appraisals.

        Output

        Electronic version of tutor, pre-event and delegate training packs for induction day 1, day 2
        and consolidation

        100 x hard copies of consolidation tutor, pre- event and delegate training packs.




14.7.2 Chairing the Family Proceedings Court – Chairmanship Training
        To provide a national training programme and training materials for           Working Group:
        those magistrates newly appointed to chair the family proceedings
                                                                                      Ongoing
        court.   The purpose of the training is to enable magistrates to
        demonstrate    competence      when   taking    the    chair    in   family   Trainers   workshop:
        proceedings.                                                                  May 2006

        Output

        Electronic version of tutor, pre-event and delegate training packs

        1 Trainers workshops (100 delegates)

        100 x hard copies of tutor, pre-event and delegate training packs.




14.7.3 Family Court bench book
        To update the national guidelines, checklists and pronouncements              Printed updates:
        for magistrates in the Family Proceedings Bench Book.
                                                                                      November 2006

        Output

        Distribution of 10,000 hard copy update




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        14.8 Youth programme

14.8.1 Induction and consolidation programme for magistrates newly appointed to sit
       in the Youth Court
        1. To deliver a national Youth Court Induction training programme          Working         group:
        and materials. The purpose of the training is to enable magistrates        February 2006
        to demonstrate the competence required of them when sitting in the
                                                                                   Pilot:
        youth court.
                                                                                   Summer 2006
        2. To deliver a national Youth Court Consolidation training
        programme and materials. The purpose of the training is to provide         Trainers    workshops:
        magistrates who have been sitting in the youth court for around a          September 2006
        year with an opportunity to review their learning since induction,
        practice skills, identify any further training and development needs
        and begin preparation for their appraisals.

        Output

        7x trainer workshops (100 delegates in total )

        2x Accelerated trainers workshops (30 delegates in total)

        100 x hard copies of tutor, pre-event and delegate packs.

        100x hard copies of supporting materials

        Electronic versions of all materials




14.8.2 Chairing the Youth Court - Chairmanship training
        To provide training programme and materials for those magistrates          Working         group:
        newly appointed to chair the youth court. The purpose of the training      February 2006
        is to enable magistrates to demonstrate competence when taking
                                                                                   Pilot:
        the chair in the youth court.
                                                                                   Summer 2006

                                                                                   (Trainers   workshops
                                                                                   combined with 1.8.1
                                                                                   above)

        Output

        Electronic versions of the tutor, pre-event and delegate training packs.

        100x hard copies of tutor, pre-event and delegate training packs




14.8.3 Youth Court bench book
        To update the national guidelines, checklists and pronouncements           Printed updates:
        for magistrates in the Family Proceedings Bench Book.
                                                                                   November 2006

        Output

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        Distribution of 12,000 hard copy updates




        14.9 Activities affecting all areas of the Magisterial Committee
               responsibility

14.9.1 Other government department and stakeholder initiatives
        1. To identify and review government initiatives that impact upon              Ongoing
            the work of the magistracy and to provide timely briefs and/or
            training materials accordingly to assessment of training needs

        2. To review guidance and briefing material prepared by other
            government departments and external agencies to be used in
            the training of magistrates to ensure it does not trespass on
            judicial independence

        3. To provide a JSB presence at appropriate meetings and events
            that address magistrates’ court issues

        Output

        To be confirmed




14.9.2 Magistrates National Training Initiative (MNTI)
        1. To review and update the MNTI 2 documentation provided in                   Update materials:
            2003.
                                                                                       April 2006
        2. To analyse the implementation of MNTI 2 appraisal and
                                                                                       And
            mentoring schemes nationally and review and update existing
            appraisal and mentoring guidance and training materials in light           November 2006
            of that analysis.

        3. To       update   MATC   and   BTDC     guidance     to     reflect   the
            implementation of sections 49 and 50 of the Courts Act 2003.

        4. To deliver e-learning training solutions that will help magistrates
            prepare for their role on the BTDC

        Output

        Electronic versions of updated MNTI2 guidance and documentation                  (MNTI2 Handbook;
        MATC and BTDC guidance; Mentor and Appraiser forms, guidance, checklists; Explanatory
        leaflets)

        500 hard copies of all of the above

        BTDC Member e-learning solutions to accompany new members training.




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14.9.3 Criminal justice reforms
        To provide a national training programme and materials for legal          Working Group:
        advisers and magistrates. The purpose of the training is to provide
        participants with the knowledge, skill and understanding needed to        Ongoing
        cascade the training to legal advisers and magistrates to enable          Trainers workshops:
        them to apply the provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 that will
        be implemented in November 2006.                                          April 2006

        Output

        10x trainer workshops (250 delegates)

        Electronic version of tutor, pre-event and delegate training packs for training legal adviser on
        the provisions

        Electronic version of tutor, pre-event and delegate training packs for training magistrates on
        the provisions




        14.10 Monitoring and Evaluation Steering Group

14.10.1 Area visits
        1. To critically evaluate all aspects of magistrate training provision    A programme of visits
            in the HMCS areas,                                                    for    the     2006/7
                                                                                  financial year will be
        2. to identify good practice and opportunities for improvement in
                                                                                  published     to    all
            magistrates training
                                                                                  MATCs in April 2006
        3. to support local MATCs and magistrate trainers in improving the
            training that they provide to magistrates.                            The programme         of
                                                                                  visits will begin     in
        This will be done by evaluating performance against the agreed JSB        June 2006 (TBC)
        magistrates courts training standards, by looking at the way training
        has been planned, delivered and evaluated

        Output

        Each HMCS Area will be visited at least once per year (a minimum of 42-46 visits depending
        on how the London re-organisation develops).

        Each visit will result in a local report highlighting the good practice and areas for improvement
        together with an action plan setting out how the MATC will implement those improvement
        activities.




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14.10.2 Production of National Training plan
        The purpose of the plan is to                                             National Training plan
                                                                                  will be produced by
        1. Inform the Magisterial Committee of the proposed Magistrate
                                                                                  end May
            Training activity across England and Wales for the year

        2. Provide HMCS areas with information about magistrates training
            activity that is taking place nationally in order to facilitate the
            sharing of resources.

        Output

        A National Training Plan combining information from area training plans submitted to the JSB
        in November and February.




14.10.3 Production of Evaluation Guidance
        To support MATCs and justices’ clerks in their responsibilities for       Evaluation     pack
        evaluating local training design and delivery and enable them to          produced and rolled
        design and implement their own evaluation strategies to suit local        out by end May
        conditions.




14.10.4 Production of Annual Report
        To provide information to the Magisterial Committee about the             Template    for    area
        provision, content, quantity and quality of training delivered to         annual reports agreed
        magistrates across England and Wales in order to enable it to             and circulated by end
        assure the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor that                July
        magistrates training is effective, efficient and a good use of
                                                                                  Annual            Report
        magistrates’ time.                                                        produced    by      end
                                                                                  October

        Output

        An annual national training report will be presented to the Magisterial Committee at its
        autumn/winter meeting




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        14.11 Legal Adviser Training

14.11.1 National training skills programme for magistrate trainers (Pilot)
        To pilot nationally recognised training skills programmes for            Beginning April 2006
        magistrate trainers in order to identify a suitable ongoing programme    for   6   –12   months
        to support the development of training skills in legal advisers and to   depending              on
        improve the standard of training for magistrates.                        programme       design
                                                                                 and participants’ prior
                                                                                 training experience.

        Outputs

        National Certificate in Training Practise Programme for 40 legal advisers (approx. 160 hrs
        spread over 6 months -1 year).

        National Vocational Qualification in Training Programme for up to 15 legal advisers (hrs
        depend on participant’s’ previous training experience).




14.11.2 Agreement on the JSB’s responsibilities
        1. To agree with HMCS, the JSB’s responsibilities regarding              July 2006
            training for legal advisers and to identify how the JSB will carry
            out those responsibilities.

        Notes

        1. The JSB’s Assurance function to be scoped in Winter 2006,
            following HMCS identification of business planing processes and
            administrative support for training

        2. These responsibilities can not be agreed without the allocation of
            sufficient additional headcount and financial resources to
            undertake the proposed responsibilities.

        Outputs

        An agreement that has been signed off by the JSB and HMCS Boards respectively.

        A modified JSB – HMCS Protocol




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14.11.3 National Family Induction Training Programme for Legal Advisers
        To develop a national induction programme and supporting national
        materials on the Family Proceedings Court for legal advisers.

        Note

        This programme is dependent on sufficient staff resource being
        made available through additional headcount.

        Outputs

        Training Programme and Training Material for delivery by justices’ clerks and legal advisers

        2 – 5 Training the Trainer workshops – to be determined following advice from HMCS on
        whether delivery will be by a National Team, or Region or Area Based




14.11.4 National Induction Training for Trainee Legal Advisers
        To develop a national induction programme and supporting national        Pilot: Autumn 2006
        materials covering the context of Magistrates’ Courts and Adult
                                                                                Trainers workshop:
        Proceedings for trainee legal advisers.
                                                                                Winter 2006
        Note
                                                                                Launch event: Winter
        This programme is dependent on sufficient staff resource being
                                                                                2006
        made available through additional headcount.

        Outputs

        Training programme and training material for delivery by justices’ clerks and legal advisers

        2 – 5 Training the Trainer workshops – to be determined following advice from HMCS on
        whether delivery of face-to-face elements will be by a National Team, or Region or Area
        Based

        A one x two day launch event




14.11.5 National Youth Induction Training for Legal Advisers
        To develop a national induction programme and supporting national       Autumn/ Winter 2006
        materials on Youth Proceedings for trainee legal advisers.

        Note
        This programme is dependent on sufficient staff resource being
        made available through additional headcount.

        Outputs




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        Training Programme and Training Material for delivery by justices’ clerks and legal advisers

        2 – 5 Training the Trainer workshops – to be determined following advice from HMCS on
        whether delivery of face-to-face elements will be by a National Team, or Region or Area
        Based

        A one x two day launch event




14.11.6 Continuation training
        To develop skills and/or legal training modules to support legal        Autumn/ Winter 2006
        adviser continuation.

        Notes

        1. The extent of this work is yet to be defined and will be
             determined in consultation with HMCS as part of the Legal
             Adviser Training Project.

        2.   This programme is dependent on the successful outcome of the
             project and on sufficient staff resource being made available.




        14.12 District and Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts)

14.12.1 DDJ (MC) induction
        To ensure that new Deputy District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts)         Training Event:
        have such knowledge of the law and procedure relevant to
                                                                                October 2006
        magistrates’ court practice, including the judicial approach to such
        work, as they will need to conduct trials, pass sentence and preside
        in court.

        Output

        1 x 3 day residential training course




14.12.2 DJ (MC) youth induction
        To prepare newly appointed District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) to     Training Event:
        sit in the specialist jurisdiction of the youth court
                                                                                January 2007

        Output

        1 x 2 day residential training course




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14.12.3 DJ/DDJ (MC) continuation (including youth continuation)
        To assist District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) and Deputy District     Training Events:
        Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) to develop the skills and knowledge
                                                                                May – June 2006
        required to carry out their role in the court.

        Output

        4 x 2 day residential training course.




14.12.4 DDJ (MC) continuation (1 day)
        To assist Deputy District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) to develop the   Training Events:
        skills and knowledge required to carry out their role in the court.
                                                                                September 2006

        Output

        2 x 1-day training course.




14.12.5 DJ (MC) bench book
        To promote a consistent approach to decision making and court           Printed updates:
        procedure through the provision of up to date national guidelines and
                                                                                November 2006
        checklists.

        Output

        Distribution of 300 hard copy update




        14.13 Courses

14.13.1 Bench Chairmen
        To enable newly appointed Chairmen of the Bench to undertake            Training events:
        their role as Bench Chairman by examining their responsibilities in
                                                                                November     2006   –
        relation to others, particularly in a changing environment.
                                                                                January 2007

        Output

        5 x 3-day residential training courses.




14.13.2 Bench Training and Development Committee Chairmen
        To provide BTDC Chairmen with the opportunity to develop their          Training Events:
        knowledge and understanding of their roles and responsibilities and
                                                                                May – July 2006
        to practise some of the communication skills needed to deal with
        some of the difficult situations they may encounter.


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       Output

       5x2 residential training events




14.13.3 Governance
       To ensure there is adequate judicial oversight and manage the work   3 meetings
       of the Magisterial Committee it has created the following sub-
       committees and working groups:
                                                                            3 meetings
       DJ(MC) Training Sub-committee
                                                                            3 meetings
       Adult Court Sub-committee
                                                                            6 meetings
       Magisterial and Family Sub-committee
                                                                            3 meetings
       Youth Court Sub-committee (to be established)
                                                                            4 meetings
       Monitoring and Evaluation Sub-committee
                                                                            TBC
       Legal Adviser Training Project Steering Group
                                                                            24 meetings
       Magistrates Unit Management Meetings




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15 Tribunals Committee
15.1 Role of the Tribunals Committee
To work closely with the Senior President to assure him that the training needs of judicial
office holders in the new unified Tribunals Service are being met.

To provide, review and develop training programmes for Tribunal Chairs and Members in the
competences required for the judicial role.

To provide support and guidance to Tribunals in the delivery of training within their own
jurisdictions.

To develop and maintain the JSB’s role as the focus for the development of training policy,
advice and guidance for Chairmen and Members of Tribunals.


15.2 Membership
Mr Justice Sullivan                       Chairman
Dr Nuala Brice                            Chair, VAT and Duties Tribunal and the Financial
                                          Services and Markets Tribunal
Godfrey Cole                              Course Director; District Chairman of the Appeals
                                          Service
Yvette Genn                               Equal Treatment Advisory Committee Representative
Judge Goolam Meeran                       President of the Employment Tribunals
Judge David Pearl                         President of the Care Standards Tribunal
Penny Letts                               Council on Tribunals Representative
Siobhan McGrath                           Senior     President,   Residential   Property   Tribunal
                                          Service
Mark Ockelton                             Deputy President, Asylum and Immigration Tribunal
Ray Sams                                  Department for Constitutional Affairs
Paul Stockton                             Department for Constitutional Affairs
Stuart Vernon                             Chief Adjudicator, Office of Fair Trading
Judge Victor Hall                         Director of Studies
Maggy Pigott and Judith Killick           Joint Executive Directors

15.3 Strategic priorities
Strategic priorities to be integrated into the work programme of the Tribunals Committee
include:

Strategic Priority Area 2: Improve standards and extend the integration of diversity issues
into the design, delivery, and evaluation of training delivered by or on behalf of the JSB.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Improve access for the judiciary to education through the
development and delivery of an effective distance learning strategy.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Improve our ability to respond to major change initiatives.

Strategic Priority Area 6: Respond to the changing needs of the tribunals sector and support
the new unified tribunal service.

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Strategic Priority Area 7: Respond to changes in the constitutional and administrative
framework.


15.4 Objectives
To evaluate systematically the training, appraisal and mentoring arrangements in Tribunals,
highlighting good practice and suggesting areas for improvement, in order to assure the
Senior President as to the overall quality of training provision and the schemes for the
appraisal and mentoring of the Tribunals’ judiciary.

To provide, in partnership with the Jurisdictional Presidents, induction training in judgecraft
skills in order to ensure that all new tribunal chairs and members have been fully trained in
the competences required for the effective fulfilment of the judicial role before they sit in a
judicial capacity.

To provide, in partnership with the Jurisdictional Presidents, experienced Tribunal Chairs with
the opportunity to review their working practices with specific reference to the competences
that they may find challenging to further their professional development.

To facilitate the appraisal of the Tribunals’ judiciary through the provision of skills training to
ensure that those with the responsibility for the appraisal of others are fully equipped to be an
appraiser within their jurisdiction’s appraisal scheme.

To improve the opportunities for the professional development of those who act as trainers
and facilitators in Tribunals to facilitate the development of training programmes, in areas
such as Diversity and Mentoring, within their own jurisdictions.

To respond to the emerging training needs generated by new legislation, new techniques for
dispute resolution or the findings of research to ensure that the Tribunals’ judiciary is fully
equipped to undertake new and additional roles.

To provide diversity training or guidance in order to ensure that the training provided for the
Tribunals’ judiciary fully integrates the principles of fair treatment into the learning.




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        15.5 Work Programme

15.5.1 Evaluation of training, appraisal and mentoring in Tribunals and Tribunals
       Liaison

        To evaluate systematically the training, appraisal and mentoring                An                ongoing
        arrangements        in   Tribunals,   highlighting    good     practice   and   programme                to
        suggesting areas for improvement, in order to assure the Senior                 evaluate the current
        President as to the overall quality of training provision and the               DCA tribunals and all
        schemes for the appraisal and mentoring of the Tribunals’ judiciary.            those      tribunals   that
                                                                                        will become part of
        To assist Tribunal jurisdictions in the development of their own
                                                                                        the     unified   tribunal
        training programmes.
                                                                                        service.
        To enable the JSB to identify and promote good practice through
        regular attendance and observation at Tribunal training events,
        hearings, and meetings, etc.

        To enable the JSB to share good practice with jurisdictions outside
        of England and Wales through attendance at international training
        events, conferences, and forums.




15.5.2 Tribunal Skills Development Course
        To enable those who chair tribunals, or who sit in an equivalent                October 2006
        capacity, to review and develop their competences in line with statutory
                                                                                        March 2007
        requirements and with the needs of users.
                                                                                        Courses         are    run
                                                                                        according to demand
                                                                                        and      in    line    with
                                                                                        anticipated
                                                                                        appointment trends.




15.5.3 Tribunals Advanced Skills Course
        To enable those who have chaired tribunals for some time, in one or             November 2006
        more jurisdictions, to review their working practices with specific
                                                                                        This course is run,
        reference to the competences that those with experience continue to
                                                                                        according to demand,
        find challenging.
                                                                                        on an annual basis
                                                                                        with a maximum of 36
                                                                                        participants.




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15.5.4 Training the Trainer
        To equip trainers in tribunals with the competences they require in    June 2006
        order to provide effective and appropriate training to chairmen and
                                                                               This course is run,
        members of tribunals and equivalent bodies.
                                                                               according to demand,
                                                                               on an annual basis
                                                                               with a maximum of 20
                                                                               participants.




15.5.5 The Effective Use of Small Groups in Training
        To equip trainers with the competences they require to facilitate,     January 2007
        effectively and with confidence, small-group work as a training
                                                                               This seminar is run,
        method.
                                                                               according to demand,
                                                                               on an annual basis
                                                                               with a maximum of 36
                                                                               participants.




15.5.6 Equal Treatment Seminar for Tribunal Members
        To assist Tribunal members in developing their awareness of issues     The seminar is run on
        relating to diversity in the tribunal.                                 a demand led basis
                                                                               with a maximum of 25
                                                                               participants.




15.5.7 Mentoring Skills Seminar for Tribunals Trainers
        To assist trainers in introducing mentoring into their jurisdiction.   The seminar is run on
                                                                               a demand led basis
                                                                               with a maximum of 15
                                                                               participants.




15.5.8 Tribunals Appraisal Skills Seminar
        To prepare the participants to be appraisers within their tribunal’s   The seminar is run on
        appraisal scheme.                                                      a demand led basis
                                                                               with a maximum of 20
                                                                               participants.




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15.5.9 Annual Conference for Tribunal Presidents and Training Heads on                     Alternative
       Dispute Resolution
        To develop and further refine training policy, advice and guidance for      September 2006
        Chairmen    and   Members     in   Tribunals,    in   consultation   with
        Jurisdictional Presidents and Training Heads.




15.5.10 Tribunals Publications
        To publish an update of the Tribunals Training Prospectus for               For   publication   by
        Tribunal Presidents and Training Heads.                                     November 2006

        To develop good practice guidance on the creation of Bench Books.

        To review the existing suite of JSB Frameworks and Guidance, e.g.
        the Competence Framework for Tribunal Chairs and Members, in
        the light of the evaluation process, developments in diversity and the
        appointments process.




15.5.11 Tribunals Journal
        To distribute 7,000 copies of this 20-page journal three times a year
        to tribunal chairmen and members.




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