RE­GIONAL JUDGES EX­PLORES IM­PROVED AC­CESS TO JUS­TICE

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Mem­bers of the Ju­di­cial Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) are presently in St. Kitts and Ne­vis, host­ing its 2015 Ju­di­cial Con­fer­ence.

“It is an an­nual event where the judges come to­gether to do ju­di­cial ed­u­ca­tion train­ing,” At­tor­ney Gen­eral Honourable Vin­cent By­ron said. “Among them­selves, they dis­cuss var­i­ous pro­ce­dures, laws, and the way the process is, that judges use in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice.”

Prime Min­is­ter of St. Kitts and Ne­vis, Dr. the Honourable Ti­mothy Harris, ex­tended welcome to the body of law en­forcers and wished them a pro­duc­tive con­fer­ence.

“I welcome you in the firm knowl­edge that the ju­di­cial branch is a guardian and en­forcer of those fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples, en­shrined in our democ­racy he said, re­fer­ring to the con­fer­ence theme: “Im­proved Ac­cess to Jus­tice in the Caribbean.” I welcome you too, cog­nisant of the con­tri­bu­tion that the ju­di­ciary makes to the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of our coun­tries.”

Prime Min­is­ter Harris stressed that the con­fer­ence comes at an opportune time when mat­ters of public safety and se­cu­rity are on the minds of the gov­ern­ment of St. Kitts and Ne­vis and when so­ci­ety is de­mand­ing jus­tice.

He fur­ther noted that the court is crit­i­cal to the pur­vey­ing of jus­tice and it must be sen­si­tive to the de­mands of so­ci­ety. “It must strive to achieve ex­cel­lence in its ef­fi­ciency, in its ef­fi­cacy and its ef­fec­tive­ness,” he stressed.

“I wish to lend sup­port to this over­ar­ch­ing ob­jec­tive of im­proved ac­cess to jus­tice in the Caribbean,” Prime Min­is­ter Harris stressed, not­ing that the peo­ple of St. Kitts and Ne­vis look to the Court for jus­tice, whether in crim­i­nal, civil mat­ters and con­sti­tu­tional mat­ters, where the rights of the cit­i­zenry or some fun­da­men­tal is­sue may be at stake.

The ECSC is based in St. Lu­cia, with judges from var­i­ous ter­ri­to­ries stretch­ing from Gre­nada in the south, all the way to the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands in the north.

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