First Timorese Judge Secretary sworn in

23 Jan 2012

imageJudge Jacinta Correia. Photo Justice System Programme/UNDP TL

Judge Jacinta Correia has become the first Timorese to hold the position of Judge Secretary of Timor-Leste’s Superior Council of the Judiciary (SCJ), following her swearing-in last week.

The position of SCJ Judge Secretary is a senior role within the SCJ, the highest coordinating and oversight body of Timor-Leste’s judiciary.

As Judge Secretary, Judge Correia will help to implement Council decisions, assist the Council to manage the human resources of Timor-Leste’s courts and communicate SCJ decisions and dispatches to all members of the judiciary.

While taking up her new role as Judge Secretary, Judge Jacinta will continue to sit on the bench of the Dili District Court.

Judge Correia graduated from the UNDP-supported Legal Training Centre in 2007, after successfully completing her two-and-a-half-year post-graduate training, which is mandatory for all judges, prosecutors and public defenders in Timor-Leste.

As well as being the first Timorese to ever hold this position, Judge Correia is one of only two Timorese female judges to have made the rank of Judge Second Class, a promotion she received last year.