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Public trust in justice further eroded with arrest of former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general

September 2, 2017
Public trust in justice further eroded with arrest of former Trinidad and Tobago attorney general PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- It's not unusual for politicians to steal the spotlight from one another, but residents of Trinidad and Tobago probably didn't expect it to happen quite so fast. On August 29, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan was arrested on charges of perverting the course of justice and...

IMPACT Justice legislation committees meet in Guyana

July 25, 2017
IMPACT Justice legislation committees meet in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project will host meetings for its business names legislation and legal profession legislation committees on July 26, 27 and 28, 2017 in Guyana. These meetings will be officially opened...

Turks and Caicos government defends $200 million claim

July 20, 2017
Turks and Caicos government defends $200 million claim PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government has successfully defended a series of claims totalling nearly $200 million brought by Trade Wind Industries Limited (TWI). The claims, first brought in the TCI courts in 2012, and then in an international arbitration, were...

Letter: Public defenders in the United States need support

July 19, 2017
Letter: Public defenders in the United States need support In 1963, in Gideon v. Wainwright, Associate Justice Hugo Black wrote, "In our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him." Black’s well-considered conclusion, over 50 years old, holds up...

IMPACT Justice trains 100 educators in restorative practices in Jamaica

July 18, 2017
IMPACT Justice trains 100 educators in restorative practices in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Approximately 100 educators, ministry of education officers, and other stakeholders are receiving training in restorative practices and restorative justice conference facilitation in four workshops in Jamaica. The workshops are being sponsored by the Canadian government...

Fire destroys Guyana prison and records, raising legal dilemma

July 11, 2017
Fire destroys Guyana prison and records, raising legal dilemma GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With thousands of conviction records, prisoner profiles, sentence particulars, and committal warrants destroyed on Sunday in a massive fire at the Camp Street prison in Georgetown, Guyana, the state may face a legal quandary or a massive judicial and penal confusion.

CCJ seeks to trigger digital revolution in Caribbean courts

July 11, 2017
CCJ seeks to trigger digital revolution in Caribbean courts PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is hoping that a set of technological upgrades it recently adopted will trigger a digital revolution in courts across the region, and transform how justice is delivered. CCJ president, Sir Dennis Byron, who spearheaded the court’s adoption of...

Trinidad and Tobago chief justice continues to resist growing pressure to resign

July 10, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago chief justice continues to resist growing pressure to resign PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- While retired judges Humphrey Stollmeyer and Roger Hamel-Smith recently resigned from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) amid growing pressure, Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Ivor Archie remained adamant that he will not be following suit.

Former Antigua-Barbuda regulator continues fight against extradition

June 30, 2017
Former Antigua-Barbuda regulator continues fight against extradition ST JOHN’S, Antigua --The Antigua and Barbuda Cabinet says it has been informed that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court handed down a judgment on Wednesday in favour of former financial regulator Leroy King, granting leave for him to appeal an earlier High Court judgment rejecting an application...

Jamaica looks to plea bargaining to ease burden on criminal justice system

June 28, 2017
Jamaica looks to plea bargaining to ease burden on criminal justice system KINGSTON, USA -- Minister of justice, Delroy Chuck, says he hopes plea bargaining will become a major component of the criminal justice system in Jamaica. “Prosecutors must see negotiations with defence attorneys as a very important component to get rid of the vast majority of cases,” Chuck said.

IMPACT Justice Project hosts fourth project steering committee meeting in Barbados

June 21, 2017
IMPACT Justice Project hosts fourth project steering committee meeting in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project hosted its fourth project steering committee (PSC) meeting on June 14, 2017, in Barbados. This year, the PSC meeting was co-chaired by Dr Gail Miller...

Fired Trinidad judge threatens to take president, chief justice to court

June 19, 2017
Fired Trinidad judge threatens to take president, chief justice to court PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Marcia Ayers-Caesar, who was forced to resign within days of her appointment as a high court judge, has threatened to take Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) to court if she is not given her job...

Legal services commission declines to address to corruption allegations against CCJ president

June 9, 2017
Legal services commission declines to address to corruption allegations against CCJ president ROSEAU, Dominica -- In a letter addressed to Dominican attorney at law Cabral Douglas, the Regional and Judicial Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) has declined to address corruption allegations against Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) president, Sir Dennis Byron. In the letter dated June 7...

High court in Trinidad stops swearing-in of two new judges

June 7, 2017
High court in Trinidad stops swearing-in of two new judges PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The High Court in Trinidad granted an interim injunction restraining the president of Trinidad and Tobago from acting on the advice tendered by the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) under Section 104(1) of the constitution for Tuesday’s planned...

Debate continues in Trinidad over chief justice no-confidence vote

June 6, 2017
Debate continues in Trinidad over chief justice no-confidence vote PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Online discussion about the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago's (LATT) vote of no confidence against Chief Justice Ivor Archie continues. Is calling for Archie's resignation justified or overhyped? Would his exit be a help or a hindrance to accountability?

Eroding trust in Trinidad and Tobago judiciary culminates in no confidence vote

June 5, 2017
Eroding trust in Trinidad and Tobago judiciary culminates in no confidence vote PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In one of the largest turnouts ever, members of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) met last Friday night and passed a motion of no confidence against the country's chief justice, Ivor Archie. Members voted on five resolutions – a loss of confidence in the...

Belize national sworn in as CCJ judge

June 5, 2017
Belize national sworn in as CCJ judge BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Mr Justice Denys Arthur Barrow was sworn in as judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Thursday at a ceremony in Belize City in his home country of Belize. Barrow, who was sworn in by Governor General Sir Colville Young, is the first citizen of Belize to be appointed to...

Trinidad and Tobago Law Association calls on chief justice to step down after no-confidence motions

June 3, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Law Association calls on chief justice to step down after no-confidence motions PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In Trinidad on Thursday night, the Law Association called on Chief Justice Ivor Archie to step down after passing no-confidence motions against Archie and members of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) over its handling of the short-lived appointment...

IMPACT Justice co-sponsors second biennial oil and gas law conference in Trinidad

June 3, 2017
IMPACT Justice co-sponsors second biennial oil and gas law conference in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) will sponsor the attendance of five participants – four from Guyana and one from Jamaica – at the UWI, St Augustine Campus, Faculty of Law’s second Biennial Oil and Gas...

Commentary: The proposed electoral amendments in Dominica, misinformation and fighting over nothing

June 3, 2017
Commentary: The proposed electoral amendments in Dominica, misinformation and fighting over nothing Power of the Parliament 1. The Constitution vested the exclusive power in the Parliament to make laws for election matters by sections 40(5) and 41 of the Constitution. It is also the exclusive authority of the Parliament to legislate on matters which it considers ought to be illegal or offences, or which...

IMPACT Justice co-sponsors Barbados Bar Association inaugural weekend law conference

June 2, 2017
IMPACT Justice co-sponsors Barbados Bar Association inaugural weekend law conference BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) will be one of the co-sponsors of the Barbados Bar Association’s inaugural weekend law conference being held on June 2 and 3. The conference commences with...

Dominica and Antigua-Barbuda attorneys to provide competing testimony at bribery trial in New York

May 26, 2017
Dominica and Antigua-Barbuda attorneys to provide competing testimony at bribery trial in New York NEW YORK, USA -- Dominican-born and former Antigua-Barbuda attorney general, Justin Simon, and prominent Antiguan attorney Dr David Dorsett will form part of the federal trial of Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, which is about to commence in New York next week. Both attorneys have...

Open Letter to the Regional and Judicial Legal Services Commission

May 26, 2017
Thank you for your letter dated 24 May, 2017. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises as fundamental the principle that everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal. However, as you would be aware...

Caribbean courts need to be better prepared to judge cybercrimes, says Belize chief justice

May 16, 2017
Caribbean courts need to be better prepared to judge cybercrimes, says Belize chief justice BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Institutions worldwide are struggling to keep pace with the rapid development of computer-based technology. It is especially hard for courts, typically steeped in tradition and ponderously slow to change, to keep track of the sophisticated, rapidly evolving operations of modern...

CCJ modernises rules for its original and appellate jurisdictions

May 15, 2017
CCJ modernises rules for its original and appellate jurisdictions PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- After a comprehensive review of its rules of court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) announces the publication of its Original Jurisdiction and the Appellate Jurisdiction Rules 2017. In 2014, the CCJ adopted the standard for the revision of its rules of court every two years.

Trinidad and Tobago lawyers to debate resolution calling on chief justice to resign

May 13, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago lawyers to debate resolution calling on chief justice to resign PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Law Association in Trinidad and Tobago will debate a resolution calling for the resignation of the chief justice and members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission (JLSC) at a special general meeting on June 1 over the appointment and subsequent resignation...

IMPACT Justice technical advisory groups to meet in St Lucia

May 11, 2017
IMPACT Justice technical advisory groups to meet in St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting three technical advisory group (TAG) meetings in Gros Islet, Rodney Bay, St Lucia on May 11 and 12, 2017. These meetings will serve to assist the project...

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