Antipodean lessons

High Court judges in New Zealand could be sent back to school after a report in the country recommended a judicial studies institute be established to educate judges and other court staff. The report, prepared by a committee of senior judges, said that at present newly-appointed High Court judges were forced to learn on the job because they had only one week of orientation training before hearing cases alone. Courts department chief executive Wilson Bailey said that greater training would enable judges to deal with the complexity of the job “rather than have them catapulted straight onto the bench”.