Members of the Japanese and UK judiciary will take part in an online meeting later today (Thursday 28 January).
Part of the Supreme Court’s programme of international engagement, this will be an opportunity to strengthen relationships and share learnings about how both court systems have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This will be the first virtual international event that the Japanese judiciary have organised.
The meeting will include the following members of the Supreme Court of Japan as well as members of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Judiciary of England and Wales:
- Chief Justice Otani Naoto
- Justice Hayashi Keiichi, Supreme Court of Japan
- Justice Tokura Saburo, Supreme Court of Japan
- Lord Reed, President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
- Lord Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
- Lord Hodge, Deputy President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
- Lord Justice Flaux, Chancellor of the High Court and Lead Judge for International Relations for the Judiciary of England and Wales
Lord Reed, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, said: “I welcome this meeting with the Chief Justice of Japan and his colleagues, as part of the Supreme Court’s contribution to global Britain.
“As a flagship for the UK’s commitment to the rule of law, it is important that the Supreme Court should build strong relationships with courts around the world which share that commitment.”
Lord Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, said: “I am delighted to be meeting senior members of the Japanese judiciary with whom the judiciary of England and Wales has a long-standing relationship.
“At today’s meeting, we will discuss our respective approach to keeping the justice system in each country functioning during the pandemic, including through an imaginative use of technology. These conversations reflect our shared values, in particular a commitment to the rule of law both domestically and internationally.”
Here is a screenshot of the meeting taking place: