JURIST donates to Court offices in Dominica

by: - February 11, 2019
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Court Offices in Dominica will receive equipment from a Canadian funded Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project.

There will be an official hand over of equipment to support the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s (ECSC) recovery efforts to make the court offices in the Commonwealth of Dominica functional, which were destroyed by hurricane Maria in 2017.

The hand-over ceremony will take place on Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 8:45 am at the Dominica High Court, Bayfront, Roseau, Dominica.

Following the passage of hurricane Maria in September, 2017, the court offices in Dominica were ruined which led to the judicial business in Dominica being inactive.

The JURIST Project is a five- year regional Caribbean judicial reform initiative funded under a CAN$19 million arrangement with the Government of Canada. The Project is being executed by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on behalf of the Conference of Heads of Judiciary of CARICOM. The CCJ and other regional partners are also contributing approximately CAN$4 million to the Project.

The JURIST Project has been working with judiciaries in the Caribbean to support their own efforts to improve court administration and strengthen the ability of the courts and the judiciary to efficiently  resolve cases.

At the ceremony there will be addresses by Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Honorable Mme Justice Dame Janice Periera, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean H.E. Marie Legault, and Director of the  JURIST Project Mrs. Gloria Richards-Johnson among others.

The aim of the JURIST project is to modernize and strengthen court systems, processes and services; also it is to better equip judicial officers and court staff with the ability to deliver justice in a fair, efficient and timely manner.

The ultimate goal of the JURIST Project is to develop a regional judicial system that is more responsive to the needs of women, men, youth and the poor.