Courts backlog a CCJ concern Criminals urged to put down guns
GEORGETOWN – President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, has said that while it has made significant strides, backlogs of cases in courts throughout the region remain a major concern.
“Everywhere I go in the region, people complain of the delay in the process and the backlogs in the courts. And I have first-hand indication that many of these complaints are justified,” Sir Dennis told the media while at the Marriott Hotel here on Tuesday.
He said the CCJ has not only raised these concerns, but provided the requisite solutions while setting the highest standards.
“We have implemented the highest standards of case management and good practices. So I was able [to] say for example that in our court there is no backlog, that every case that was filed before the 1st June this year has already been heard,” said Sir Dennis.
Additionally, he said the CCJ has done significant work in providing capacity development for its court systems in judicial education and training programmes. The quality of technology being used by the CCJ has also been improved.
“I am formally committed to the view that the development of e-filing systems in the courts and increasing the use of case management supported by court technology programmes is essential,” he stated, while emphasising that the use of technology is key to a fair and efficient judicial service.
Sir Dennis is set to demit office next year, and though he did not share his future plans, he expressed a sense of satisfaction with the accomplishments achieved during his stewardship.
“The reputation of a court to a large extent depends on the quality of its jurisprudence, and the extent to which we have fulfilled the expectations of helping to develop Caribbean jurisprudence, and during the last six years I think we have done that,” he said.
Sir Dennis said over the last six years, a number of very important decisions were made, many of which have been highly accepted both in the academic and legal communities, regionally and internationally. (Guyana Chronicle) CASTRIES – The Police Welfare Association (PWA) yesterday urged criminals to “put down their guns”, saying it would support any action taken by its members to safeguard their lives after one of them came under gunfire from an unidentified gunman yesterday.
“We are saying that it is high time when our members face such a situation, the Welfare Association will stand with them and provide whatever necessary counselling is needed,” PWA president Travis Chicot told the online publication St. Lucia Times.
The unidentified officer was not injured during the incident and the PWA official said that the police would continue to provide a service to the people of this country.
He said the police would not allow the criminal elements to ‘push us back’, adding also the country should not be held to ransom by those criminals.
“I want to urge the criminals to put down the guns and think of ways in which we can become a more productive society,” Chicot said, adding: “My main message to criminals is to put down the guns.” (CMC)