LEARN | RIGHT supports the Courts of Greenland in educating people with no law degree to become judges in just two years through focus on:
· Clear learning objectives within the three learning dimensions: knowledge, skills and values/attitudes
· Participation oriented teaching
· Interactive learning methods
· Continuous evaluation
Pedagogical consultation and evaluation
LEARN|RIGHT has since 2016 worked to ensure the best possible version of the Judge Education in Greenland. One of our tasks has been to provide pedagogical consultation to all the teachers throughout the span of the education. Our focus when working with the teachers has been to ensure that their teaching is participant oriented and that they have formulated clear learning objectives.
LEARN|RIGHT have also developed a comprehensive guide to the teachers, where they can find information about the education and the candidates as well as advice on how to plan their teaching, formulate learning objectives, teaching materials and evaluation.
We have been in charge of the continuous evaluation of the education by conducting evaluation reports on every course of the education. The evaluation reports contain feedback from the candidates and teachers on the course form as well as content and learning outcomes. The reports also provide documentation of the education and contributes with recommendations for courses to come.
LEARN|RIGHT have been responsible for uncovering the candidates’ learning needs in the repetition period towards the end of the education as well as the development of a guide to the candidates written projects.
Through our ongoing contact with teachers and candidates and our continuous evaluation we at LEARN|RIGHT have contributed to ensure that the education of the Greenlandic judges meets the requirements of the curriculum and that the courses are organised so that the candidates can learn as much as possible. The pedagogical consultation to the Greenlandic Judge Education is strengthened by the fact, that the director of LEARN|RIGHT, Maria Løkke Rasmussen, has substantial knowledge of the Greenlandic culture and justice system, which makes LEARN|RIGHT competent in providing counseling to ensure the best possible education of future judges in Greenland.
We are currently working on an evaluation of the Greenlandic Judge Education as a whole in order to ensure the quality and optimization of the education. The evaluation will be collected in a report and we will in addition to the report provide a draft to a revised curriculum as well as course descriptions along with learning objectives.
The Greenlandic justice system and the Judge Education
The Greenlandic justice system is in many ways unique. Not only does it cover an enormous land with a very small population that is spread across the coast-line, it is also bilingual and does not operate with the term punishment. The judges, criminal defenders and prosecutors in the district courts in Greenland does not have a traditional law degree.
The Greenlandic justice system focuses on the resocialization and rehabilitation of the perpetrators. This requires linguistic and cultural insight to assess how a perpetrator is best rehabilitated. This is one of the reasons that the judges in the local courts are laymen and not with law degree, as people with law degrees often come from Denmark and does not have the necessary cultural understanding.
It has been mandatory since 2010 for the Greenlandic judges to complete a specially formalized education. The Greenlandic Judge education has been improved continually and in 2014 a curriculum was developed, to which Maria Løkke Rasmussen, later director of LEARN | RIGHT gave input. The curriculum gave structure to the Judge Education and contributed to a greater focus on learning objectives and strengthened the link between the theoretic and practical elements of the education. The Greenlandic Judge Education under the 2014 curriculum have been completed twice.