Judicial Section

The Judicial Section was established by resolution in 1973 at the 3rd LAWASIA Biennial Conference in Jakarta. The section had the "general purpose of promoting the administration of justice and the specific purposes of examining the role and function of the judiciary in member countries; assessing the contributions which the judiciary is and should be making to the development of society; discussing questions relating to the administration and independence of the judiciary; and the circulation, examination and discussion of comparative material on these subjects and on conditions of judicial services among the members of the Section."
The Judicial Section commenced a visiting judges program which would enable judges to observe court procedures and administration in different countries in the LAWASIA region.
In 1995, the Judicial Section undertook the major task of organising the 6th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific, meeting at the 14th LAWASIA Biennial Conference in Beijing.


The Hon Chief Justice Bathurst AC
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Law Courts Building, 184 Phillip St
Sydney NSW 2000
T: 61 2 9230 8218


The Hon Justice Julie Ward
Court of Appeal
Supreme Court of New South Wales
GPO Box 3
NSW 2001

Co-ordinating Committee

His Honour Judge Howard
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
E: judicial.chair@lawasia.asn.au
Dato Mah Weng Kwai

Beijing Statement of Principles

The Beijing Statement of Principles of the Independence of the Judiciary continues to provide a vitally important set of principles for the rule of law and administration of justice throughout the region, and also sets a standard for continued agreement on matters of principle as they effect the judiciary of the region.

Please go to KNOWLEDGE CENTER to review the Beijing Statement of Principles of the Independence of the Judiciary.


Chief Justices of Asia & the Pacific

The biennial conferences of the Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific have long been viewed as the most notable success of LAWASIA's Judicial Section. These conferences occur every two years in conjunction with LAWASIA annual conferences and continue to be supported by the courts of Asia and the Pacific for the valuable opportunity they provide for an open exchange of views and information amongst Chief Justices in this diverse region.
Click here for a list of conferences.
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