Courts back­log a CCJ con­cern Crim­i­nals urged to put down guns

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Caribbean Link -

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)

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