The Canadian funded Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project officially handed over equipment to support the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s (ECSC) recovery efforts to operationalize the court offices in the Commonwealth of Dominica, which were destroyed by hurricane Maria.
The hand-over ceremony was held yesterday morning at the Dominica High Court, Bayfront, Roseau, Dominica.
In efforts to modernize the court equipment in Dominica, equipment presented to the court includes but are not limited to cameras, smart display screens and audio recorders.
The Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project, on behalf of the Government of Canada, made available modern equipment to the High court which valued almost US$50,000.
“The court system in Dominica hopes to eliminate paper trail and enable the use of electronic documents only.” Registrar of Dominica High Court, Ossie Walsh declared.
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 resolve cases efficiently and fairly.
At this ceremony there were addresses by Her Ladyship Honorable Madam Justice, Dame Janice M Pereira, JURIST Project Director on behalf on the behalf of High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Region, Mrs Gloria Richards- Johnson and Project Coordinator of JURIST Project, John Furlonge.
Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Her Ladyship Dame Justice Janice Peirera stated that the refurbished High Court building will result in an improved standard of service when it relates to the dispensation of justice in Dominica. She also commended the government and people of Dominica for their hard work in recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Maria.
At the ceremony, Chief Justice Her Ladyship Honorable Madam Dame Janice Pereira, was presented a recovery plan which will aid in the restoration of court proceeding in the event of a disaster in future.