The International Law Institute was honored to host two programs recently for judges from Guangxi and Guangdong provinces of China under the direction of the Supreme People’s Court of China.

Titled “The System of Witnesses Appearing in Court in Criminal Cases,” the 6-member Guangdong delegation was led by Judge HONG Shiquan, Vice President of the High People’s Court of Guangdong Province. ILI trainings included the observation of court procedures at the District of Columbia Superior Court, lectures led by Dr. James Apple on witness procedure and protection, and a meeting with Judge Lyn Leibovitz from the District of Columbia Superior Court to discuss witness testimony in criminal trials and the identification, examination and impeachment of witnesses.

 

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Guangxi Chief Judges Meeting with Scott Harris, Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States

 

The Guangxi delegation, led by Judge HUANG Hongbo of Guangxi Laibin Intermediate People’s Court and consisting of 17 members, focused on the access to court information and trial procedure. In the training, they attended lectures on introduction to the U.S. legal system; judicial accountability; judicial transparency, the role of media and trust in judges and courts; selection of judges in the District of Columbia; alternative dispute resolution and mediation; court reports and access to information; access to justice and its role in judicial transparency and accountability; court information and reporting; administrative law courts; responsibilities of bars working with judges; judicial disabilities and tenure. The program also included site visits to the District of Columbia Superior Court, Federal Judicial Center, District of Columbia Bar, District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, Supreme Court of the United States, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.


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ILI most respectfully acknowledges the immeasurable expertise, contributions and program support from James Apple, International Judicial Academy; Judge Lyn Leibovitz and Judge Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Superior Court; Michael Cedrone, Georgetown University Law Center; Judge Alexander Williams; Stephen Wermiel, American University Washington College of Law; Ronald Flagg, District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission; Jeannie Adams, Multi-door Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court; Nancy Drane, District of Columbia Commission on Access to Justice; AnnaMaria Steward, District of Columbia Bar; D.C. Bar CEO Robert Spagnoletti, President Patrick McGlone, and President-elect Esther Lim; D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby; and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin; Catherine Hudgins, District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure; Scott Harris, Supreme Court of the United States; Judge Sidney Stein, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Judge Elizabeth Strong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Easter District of New York.

Special appreciation to ILI Associates, Mr. HUANG Qifan, Ms. WANG Jue, Ms. Alex Casale, and Ms. Jillian Skoniecka.

Program development and oversight by Robert Sargin, ILI-Deputy Director and Dr. James Apple, Director-ILI's International Judicial Academy.

 

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