BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – TUESDAY (Apr. 16) marked 14 years since the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was established; and to mark this milestone, the Court had initiated a celebratory week of activities.
The activities began on Saturday (Apr. 13) with a Media Open Day, where representatives from the media were invited to meet with, and hear from, the CCJ’s President and Judges, as well as invited presenters, where they learned about the Court and posed questions to the panel.
To commemorate the actual day (Apr. 14) of the anniversary, the CCJ had launched its 2019 Rules of Court for the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions.
A small ceremony was held by the judges and staff of the CCJ to celebrate the anniversary and to witness the signing of the Rules.
According to a press release from the CCJ, the Rules of the Court are reviewed every two years and the revisions help to further reduce delay, ensure greater clarity and support advances in court administration.
Additionally, a brochure containing information about the Court was inserted in one of the daily newspapers in Trinidad and Tobago to allow people an opportunity to learn about the Court, and it is hoped that there would be similar initiatives with other newspapers throughout the region going forward.
The release quoted the President of the CCJ, the Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders as saying: “The CCJ has much to be proud of in its 14 years. In 2018, we delivered our highest number of judgments in a year in the Appellate Jurisdiction, 34 in total, and we tried seven cases filed in the Original Jurisdiction, where we generally had two each year. The increased use of the CCJ seems to reflect growing confidence in the Court and a recognition that we play an important role in the Caribbean.”
He noted that the Court also launched its Strategic Plan which would direct activities over the next five years.
“One of the strategic issues identified, when we were gathering data to inform the plan, was the need for increased communication. With CCJ Week, we are beginning to provide our stakeholders with increased information while we continue to produce excellent work in our judicial area,” he added.
During the week of activities, the CCJ had revealed a new design for its website, which can be found at www.ccj.org. This design reflects a modern aesthetic and includes an enhanced search for judgments and a new Court calendar on the homepage.
On Wednesday (Apr. 17), the Court had welcomed the public to its headquarters in Port-of-Spain and had provided guided tours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Also, information about the Court was shared, with an interactive tour of the courtroom and a demonstration of the technology that underpins the Court.
Elements of the tour were shared online for those who could not have been in Port-of- Spain.
The celebratory activities ended yesterday (Apr. 18) with members of the public posing questions directly to representatives from the CCJ through its social media platforms and an email address - firstname.lastname@example.org.