On the auspicious occasion of the 13th Annual Day of NJA-Nepal, Rt. Hon'ble Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha laid the foundation stone for construction of trainees' dormitory on March 17, 2016 at Manamaiju, Kathmandu.
Rt. Hon'ble Chief Justice Shrestha, delivering key remarks, observed that continuous judicial education is indispensable for judicial capacity building. Throwing light on the background of the establishment of NJA-Nepal, he expressed full appreciation for the collective efforts put in by the Executive Director and NJA-Nepal team for organizational development and judicial reform. Rt. Hon'ble Chief Justice further noted that despite limited resources and several constraints, NJA Nepal has been successful in conducting several meaningful programs for judicial capacity enhancement of the stakeholders which is suffice to put it at par with judicial academies of developed countries.
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Hon'ble Agni Prasad Kharel observed that today there is no skepticism about the need of continuous judicial education programs for capacity development of judges, lawyers and officers of Nepal judicial service. Hon'ble Minister came out with an assurance to provide support for NJA-Nepal so as to enable it to make effective contribution for empowerment of the Nepali judiciary.
Chairing the program, senior most Justice of Supreme Court Hon'ble Sushila Karki appreciated the constructive role played by NJA-Nepal in judicial empowerment, and congratulated NJA-Nepal for taking the timely initiative for construction of a well equipped dormitory for the trainees.
Executive Director of NJA-Nepal Hon'ble Keshari Raj Pandit gave brief highlights about the major activities and achievements of NJA-Nepal accomplished so far and the proposed Master Plan for the construction of new NJA buildings and facilities at Manamaiju.
On the occasion, Rt. Hon'ble Chief Justice Shrestha also gave away "Best NJA Employee Award 2072" along with cash prize to three employees of NJA–Nepal, namely, Heavy Vehicle Driver Mr. Yagya Raj Karki, Light Vehicle Driver Mr. Shiva Kafle and Security Guard Mr. Bishnu Katuwal.
Around 250 guests including Hon'ble Justices, judges, Secretaries of various Ministries, senior court officers, government attorneys, senior lawyers, representatives from partner organizations, extended faculty members of NJA-Nepal, senior police officers and others graced the occasion with their presence.