/MONTSAME/. U.S. Federal Judge James Wynn paid a working visit to Mongolia on
October 2-13 at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar and the
Mongolian Judges’ Association to share his experience communicating with the
public about legal proceedings and best practices in judicial transparency and

During his
working visit to Mongolia, Judge James Wynn
with the representatives of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, Mongolian
Judges’ Association, Criminal Court, etc.,
taking part in discussions and dialogues themed, “Judge
and the Public”, “
Challenges for Judges in Communicating with
the Public”
, “Access to Justice: The Function and Power of the Supreme
Court”, and “Open Judiciary: Public Relations and Perceptions”, in which members of the Judicial Disciplinary Committee, judges, researchers, media
representatives, and more than 60 people participated.

In recent years, there has been an increasing tendency to
portray judges negatively, such as attacking the reputation of judges,
spreading information from unknown sources on social networks, and using
citizens’ lack of legal knowledge and information to create misconceptions. The
participants of the discussions emphasized that the perception of judicial
authority will be changed by making the courts transparent, and open and
presenting their decisions to the public.

Regarding the working visit of the U.S. judge, the
representatives of the Mongolian Judges’ Association noted that there will be a

clear improvement in the skills of the courts and that it will help to expand
the activities of the Mongolian Judges
Association, increase public trust in the
courts, and ensure the independence of judges, which is a guarantee of human
rights and freedom.

Head of the Judicial General Council (JGC),
pointed out that the
judges and the public are vital and important
pillars of the judiciary
. He then said, “Mongolia has been transitioning
to the communal government since 1924. Even though there was a constitution, it is
safe to say that the judicial branch began to develop in content after the
transition to democratic governance in 1992 and the adoption of the new
constitution. The
sector, which has achieved considerable success
in a short period of time, has defined the goal of forming a stable and
controlled government by 2030. Court proceedings should be citizen-oriented,
and understandable

Judge James Wynn
is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, having
been appointed by President Obama in 2009 and confirmed by Senate acclamation
in 2010. In the twenty years before his federal judicial career, he served as a
judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and briefly as a justice on the
Supreme Court of North Carolina.