The National Judicial Institute (NJI) is pivoting quickly in response to COVID-19. We are implementing a short-term strategic and operational plan to help guide us. The plan is focused on ensuring that we continue to deliver judicial professional development and manage continuity of operations, while protecting the health, safety and well-being of judges, faculty and staff. Our objective is to provide judges with a steady stream of online learning and training. Even before COVID-19, the NJI was working towards the launch of our permanent digital platform in the fall of 2020, and we have accelerated that and will have the platform available in the coming weeks.
Resources already available online include podcasts, a library of bench books, a special site related to sexual assault and our Family and Criminal Law e-Letters. NJI is also developing programs that judges can easily access at home, by telephone or computer. Over the coming weeks, we will launch online webinars on topics of immediate interest, such as bail in the time of COVID-19, addressing domestic violence concerns for isolated and quarantined families and maintaining judge wellness.
We are reviewing our education content to identify the elements that could be delivered digitally or online, creating a mini curriculum of educational pieces that are expected to be available over the coming months. Our International Cooperation Group is also exploring how to adapt in-person programs to online learning. Members of the judiciary can learn more about digital professional development by logging in to our website.
At the same time, we are committed to our staff’s health and well-being. Our teams are working from home and we are providing the flexibility, resources and tools they need to collaborate and innovate. We are proud of their dedication and cooperation during this difficult time. We are also grateful for the continuing support of our Board, faculty and stakeholders.
We recognize there is a long road ahead and will continually take stock and adjust if needed.
Stay well and stay safe.
The Honourable Justice C. Adèle Kent
Chief Judicial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
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