The self-directed course mirrors, to the extent possible, the content of the e-learning course and is intended for those judges who prefer not to use e-learning tools or for those environments where e-learning remains technically difficult. The main purpose of the course is to equip judges with the necessary skills to effectively apply the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct and its Commentary in resolving ethical dilemmas potentially arising in the context of carrying out their judicial functions. Apart from theoretical sections, the course includes practical exercises, case studies, and links to videos and further resources on the topic.
The self-directed course is available in two formats: an interactive version meant to be used offline on a computer where participants can type notes and complete exercises, and a hard-copy version which is meant to be printed and written upon.
Upon completion of the present course, users may still visit the UNODC e-Learning platform to access the final test and obtain a certificate of completion of the course. Following the completion of the e-Learning or self-directed course, judiciaries are recommended to organize a face-to-face follow-up training course based on the trainers' manual. The face-to-face training could then aim to allow judges to apply and deepen the acquired knowledge and set the topic of judicial ethics into the local context and existing domestic judicial ethics regulations.