Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013

Court introduces code of conduct for judges

judge-hammer1-courtWILLEMSTAD - The Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba has recently introduced a code of conduct for judges. In this code provisions are include concerning the impartiality of (full-time) judges, their other positions and how they may claim certain expenses.

By State decree (Article 3 of the National Order status Common Court of Justice) it has been determined previously that the administration of the Common Court of Justice will establish a code of good judicial acts. After having met with all the judges, the administration of the Court adopted the code of conduct on 15 August of this year. The Dutch version of the code was published yesterday on the website of the Court. The Papiamentu and English version of the code will be added soon on the website.

The purpose of this code of conduct for judges is to ensure the professional and meticulous pursuit of the work of a judge as well as possible. In the State decree there are already a number of laws to which judges must adhere. The Code now provides a more specific interpretation of those rules and includes provisions on impartiality, other positions and declarations.

The Code of Conduct focuses on the responsibility of judges and their own awareness of the consequences and impact of their behavior and act as a judge. The Code of Conduct serves as a guide to which judges can focus on attending to their responsibilities. Their work also affects their personal life, therefore, there is attention dedicated to that in the code. The Code of Conduct of the Joint Court is in line with the international development (including the United Nations: Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary) and regional development (such as the code of judicial conduct of the Caribbean Court of Justice).

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