The Judicial Administration Training Institute in short JATI, was established by an Act of Parliament, namely, the Judicial Administration Training Institute Act,1995. The Institute was inaugurated by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 1997 and at present it is located in the heart of the capital city at 15 College Road, Shahbagh, Dhaka. At the top of its management, there is a board of Management headed by the Chief Justice of Bangladesh for taking policy decisions and a well structured administration headed by the Director General (Retired Judge of Supreme Court of Bangladesh) for implementing those policy decisions and other routine functions.
It is one of the premier training institutes of Bangladesh that mainly provides training to the judges and judicial magistrates, government pleaders, public prosecutors and the court support staff. The main task of JATI is to impart legal and judicial knowledge, skill and attitude to the member of the member of the subordinate judiciary and other stakeholders of the justice sector for bringing positive change in the justice delivery system . JATI has been endeavoring to meet this goal through organizing various types of judicial training, workshops, seminars and conferences. It has also been publishing a yearly research journal on the contemporary judicial issues, complexities of laws and their application.
JATI has so far conducted more than 300 different training programmes and published 19 volumes of JATI Journal. Apart from its highly qualified in-house faculty members, JATI has a pool of high valued resource persons who conduct most of its training sessions as external faculty. Most of the external resource persons are Judges of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, senior Judges of the District Courts and renowned professors and experts of other disciplines.Of late, the Institute has taken initiatives to send the trainee judges who have secured outstanding positions in its training courses to the programmes held abroad.
JATI also closely works with the International Organizations, Donor Agencies and other Non-Governmental Organizations for enhancing its capacity towards developing judicial education and training in Bangladesh and South Asia. The Institute aims at becoming a Centre of Excellence for sharing and exchanging knowledge but also a place of gathering world class educational and professional experience for its trainees.