Court Academy to launch in Aussie first

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The Sir Zelman Cowen national Courts and Tribunals Academy in Melbourne will be officially launched tomorrow by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria Marilyn Warren.

Aiming to support the courts and tribunals through specialist research, education and training, the academy will offer a Graduate Diploma in Court and Tribunal management.

The only one of its kind in Australia, the academy will work with courts and tribunals improving court administration and management, implementing management strategies across non-judicial functions.  The launch comes as courts continue to face increasing demands and shrinking resources.

“The heavy court and tribunal workload is caused by an ever-increasing number of cases which take longer to resolve due to their greater complexity,” academy director Professor Kathy Laster told Australasian Lawyer.

“The Academy will work with courts and tribunals to improve the ways they are managed and administered which will assist in dealing with their increasing workload.”

Providing a strong career path to a new generation of court and tribunal staff, grads will be receive a nationally accredited qualification.
“Courts and tribunals are increasingly required to manage more with less.  The Academy, with its focus on research, education and training for court personnel, will work to assist in meeting this challenge,” said Laster.

“Our aim is to also assist in the development and implementation of world’s best management practices within Australian courts and tribunals across all areas of non-judicial work including governance, strategy, people management, IT, finance and risk management.”

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