Inaugural ALA Judicial Cooperation Programme (Singapore, 12 August 2006)

ALA held its inaugural Judicial Cooperation Programme in Singapore on 12 August 2006. The inaugural Programme comprised a visit to the new Supreme Court building in Singapore, where participants were met and welcomed by Justice Lee Seiu Kin on behalf of Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong. ALA President and Attorney-General of Singapore Chao Hick Tin and ALA Secretary-General Charles Lim Aeng Cheng were also present.

The proposal for the Programme was first mooted by the Judicial Cooperation Standing Committee, and given strong endorsement, at the Governing Council Meeting in Hanoi on 3 June 2006.

More than 40 participants comprising judges and court administrators from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand participated in the inaugural Programme. The delegations were led by the Attorney-General of Brunei Darussalam Dato Seri Paduka Hj Kifrawi, the Vice Chief Justice of Indonesia Mrs Marianna Sutadi, newly-appointed Federal Court Justice of Malaysia Dato’ Haji Hashim bin Dato’ Haji Yusoff, the Chief Justice of the Philippines Artemio V. Panganiban and Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of Thailand Charus Paungmanee, respectively.

Participants were briefed by the Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr Foo Chee Hock on the Singapore Judiciary’s experience with eradicating the backlog of court cases. The participants were also given a demonstration of the Technology Court facilities, including its Electronic Filing System by Assistant Registrar Yeong Zee Kin. The participants found the programme interesting and stimulating, as judged by the many enthusiastic questions that were posed by the ASEAN judges.

The participants were subsequently hosted to a welcome dinner by ALA President and Attorney-General of Singapore Chao Hick Tin. The dinner was graced by the presence of the Guest of Honour, Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong of Singapore who delivered a humorous and inspiring welcome address.

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