On 29 July, the College collaborated with the County Court of Victoria to engage judicial officers in discussions on sexual harassment as part of the Courts as Workplaces education program.
This historic event brings judicial officers together to articulate the issues as they know and understand them at courts, and share their thoughts and ideas about the prevention and elimination of sexual harassment.
Judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria participated in a similar program in May this year. Further programs are planned for the Supreme Court, the County Court and the Coroners’ Court. All jurisdictions are invited to take part in a customised program for their courts and tribunals.
The extended Courts as Workplaces program encompasses a second component of Bystander Training, in which judicial officers reflect on the systemic issues around sexual harassment in workplaces. All courts and tribunals have the opportunity to participate in Bystander Training.
Courts as Workplaces Part 1 and Part 2 have been developed in-house at the Judicial College of Victoria specifically for the Victorian judiciary, in response to the Szoke Review. Courts as Workplaces Part 1 is developed and facilitated by Judicial Wellbeing Advisor, Sally Ryan. Courts as Workplaces Part 2 is developed by the College in collaboration with En Masse.
Photo: Program facilitators Sally Ryan and Mark Dean.