The Foundation provides training for Judges of the Balqa and Zarqa Courts in Jordan on Effective Judicial Decision Making

Foundation experts delivered a workshop to build the capacity of judges of the Courts in Balqa and Zarqa in Jordan, in cooperation with the Judicial Council of Jordan, the Judicial Institute of Jordan and the Courts of Balqa and Zarqa.

The workshop took place on 14-15 February 2022 at the Judicial Institute in Amman and was formally inaugurated by Judge Nawal al-Jawhari, Director of the Judicial Institute of Jordan, Judge Nehad al-Husban, President of the Balqa Courts and the Head of Project at the Max Planck Foundation.

The workshop focused on several aspects of effective judicial decision making, particularly for the purpose of providing substantive reasoning for refusals to refer cases to higher courts and to the constitutional court. Research Fellows from the Max Planck Foundation provided technical training on topics including Legal Reasoning in Judicial Decisions, the Use of Judicial Discretion, Overturning a Judicial Decision and the Use of Judicial Precedents and analysis of decisions from Jordanian Jurisprudence on the Application of Effective Judicial Decision Making. In practical exercises, judges were invited to use what they had learned during the presentations and to apply them in assessing a fictional decision and to improve the decision.

The workshop is part of the project component to build the capacity of ordinary judges of the Courts in Balqa and Zarqa Governorates in Jordan, under the Foundation project Strengthening Legislative Compliance and Constitutional Interpretation in Jordan: for Judges of the Ordinary Courts, the Constitutional Court and the Bureau of Legislation and Opinion, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.