Asean Chief Justices end inaugural meeting with ideas to collaborate more closely

Asean Chief Justices emerged from an inaugural meeting hosted by the Supreme Court on Friday with ideas to work together more closely.

At the meeting, which the Supreme Court said in a statement on Sunday was "very fruitful", the CJs discussed ways to share best practices in the use of court technology and case management techniques.

The possibility of setting up an Internet portal to improve the flow of information on Asean judiciaries was also raised.

Training opportunities for Asean judges and judicial officers may also be enhanced in future.

CJs from all ten Asean countries were represented: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.

Singapore was represented by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who assumed his post last November, succeeding former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong.

The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 35th Asean Law Association (ALA) Governing Council meeting, is intended to provide a regular forum for Asean CJs to exchange views on common issues facing Asean judiciaries.

The ten CJs agreed to meet periodically on the sidelines of future meetings of the ALA.