Jordan | National Judicial Training Institute/School
About The Judicial Institute of Jordan
JIJ was established in 1988 and was charged with the following tasks:
1. Qualifying candidates for judicial posts and any legal jobs needed by ministries, government departments, as well as official and public institutions.
2. Raising the capacity of judges and employees in the Ministry of Justice through continuous training courses.
3. Exchanging experiences and strengthening cooperation with similar institutes in Arab and foreign countries in the fields of judicial work.
– The Law of 2019 on the Independence of the Judiciary was amended, and JIJ thereby became linked to the President of the Judicial Council, in order to affirm the principle of the independence of the judiciary and simulate the laws applicable in developed countries. Accordingly, JIJ Regulation No. 49 of 2020 was issued.
JIJ New Building
By the end of 2019, JIJ’s march was culminated in the opening of the New Building by His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, which was built with a grant awarded by the European Union (EU) as per the latest specifications and standards.
The design idea is to separate the administrative building from the training building by providing a green space between both buildings.
A main theater equipped with lighting, audio, video, and modern translation systems and a display, in addition to two (2) seminar rooms equipped with sound, lighting and translation systems, equipment and displays.
A library that contains 17,000 of the most important legal and juristic books.
A museum for the purposes of documenting the memory and the march of the Judicial Institute of Jordan and the Jordanian judiciary.
Modernizing JIJ’s organizational structure to suit JIJ’s main tasks.
Developing plans and indicators and updating work manuals and procedures.
In 2016, JIJ received the Seal of Excellence in the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Governmental Performance and Transparency.
In 2018, JIJ received the Bronze Award in the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Governmental Performance and Transparency.
A non-academic qualification program for holders of undergraduate degree in law that lasts for a period of no less than two (2) years. Who passes the program successfully will be awarded a JIJ diploma, which qualifies them to practice the judiciary.
Enrollment Qualifications of JIJ Diploma:
1. JIJ Diploma shall have delegates be accepted pursuant to the provisions of the Scholarships law in the Ministry of Justice (Future Judges Program);
2. Ministry of Justice Legal employees;
3. Lawyers Professors;
4. Top law students in the official Jordanian universities; and
5. Non-Jordanian delegates are accepted within the conditions determined by JIJ Board of Directors.
– Since JIJ’s inception and until 2019, nineteen (19) graduating batches have graduated, and the number of Jordanian graduates has reached (825 graduates); 599 males and 226 females.
– The number of graduates from the sisterly Arab countries is 37 graduates from Palestine, Yemen and Oman.
– JIJ provided the judicial corps with 77.2%.
Continuous and Specialized Training
The continuous and specialized training for judges is carried out through an annual training plan and in continuous coordination with the Judicial Council based on internationally agreed scientific and academic foundations, so that this plan simulates national and international legal and judicial developments such as commercial and economic issues, mediation and insolvency.
Applying training evaluation methodology to measure its impact on recipients like judges and to control the quality of their procedures.
Building the capacities of competent judge-trainers through TOT programs given by international experts.
Holding training courses to build and develop the capacity of the supportive administrative bodies in the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the ministries to implement the Ministry’s training plans.
Holding specialized training courses for public and private sector employees and delegates from external and international bodies.
JIJ has adopted the latest practical technical methods in judicial training to keep pace with the continuous technological development by launching the distance learning (e-Learning) platform in 2018, and a number of electronic training rooms have been equipped in the capital and some regions.
Modern technology such as smart screens and e-Learning rooms are used to enrich the training process.
Training courses for judges and jurists in neighboring Arab countries are designed to suit their needs and are in line with their judicial laws. In coordination with the Judicial Council, trainers are selected from among the qualified and experienced judges to provide these training courses.
During the past ten (10) years, cooperation has been made with several Arab countries (Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain) to provide courses that included 515 participants.
JIJ has kept pace with the information revolution since its inception, and introduced modern technologies in the design, implementation and evaluation of its training and qualification courses. Currently, there are computer laboratories in JIJ dedicated to several purposes, the most important of which is the activation of e-learning, in addition to allocating e-learning rooms in several courts.
Providing an electronic platform on which to list recorded training courses that enable the judge and students to refer to it whenever and wherever they are.
Computerizing the procedures for measuring judges’ training needs by providing e-questionnaires and publishing them on JIJ’s website to be filled out by the judges.
Underway is building an e-Library that includes a large number of legal and judicial references and general knowledge, both Arab and foreign, in addition to hosting a database of international libraries and centers.
JIJ made and entered into several memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Arab judicial institutes as well as regional and international institutions centered on judicial training, strengthening the rule of law, building the capacities of those working in the legal and judicial fields, sharing experiences and exchanging knowledge. In this regard, the following has been made:
Signing (13) bilateral MOUs with judicial institutions and institutes in the Arab countries (Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Kuwait, Palestine, Libya, Yemen, Syria).
Signing (12) MOUs with international institutions.
Signing (3) MOUs with local institutions (Banks Association, Public Security, Military Judiciary).
Activating the cultural exchange between students in JIJ and École nationale de la magistrature (ENM) in France, where JIJ received (9) students from ENM and sent (9) JIJ Diploma students.
JIJ is the seat of the Permanent Secretariat of the Euro-Arab Judicial Training Network (EAJTN) (it has 13 member countries) of which there are (7) Arab countries: (Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait, and UAE), and (6) European countries: (Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Romania, the Netherlands).