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Caribbean Court of Justice Highlights Achievements in Annual Report 2022-2023

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has released its Annual Report for the year 2022-2023, showcasing significant achievements, ongoing reforms, and a commitment to judicial excellence within the Caribbean region.

Improved Court Performance and Efficiency

The report highlights the Court’s impressive performance metrics. Over 50% of cases were resolved within six months, reflecting a robust clearance rate of 72%. The Court managed to maintain an efficient case processing system despite the challenges posed by the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, the majority of case filings originated from Barbados, Belize, Guyana, and Saint Lucia, with a balanced mix of civil and criminal matters.

Judicial Reforms and Initiatives

Several judicial reforms were implemented during the period, aiming to enhance the efficiency and accessibility of justice. Key initiatives included the introduction of a model harassment policy developed in collaboration with UN Women and significant technological advancements within the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC). The Judiciary of Barbados also took strides in statistical analysis and performance measurement.

JURIST Project Achievements

The Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project continued to make substantial progress. The project developed and disseminated guidelines for gender equality and sexual offense cases, completed extensive training programs for judicial officers, and established a Transition Team to ensure the sustainability of its initiatives.

Financial Management and Audit

The CCJ maintained strict financial oversight, adhering to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The audit results were favorable, indicating a clean financial bill of health. The Court effectively managed financial risks, including foreign exchange, credit, and liquidity risks, ensuring the sound financial management of its resources.

Landmark Judicial Decisions

The Court adjudicated several landmark cases during the reporting period. Noteworthy decisions included the Attorney General of Guyana v. Monica Thomas & Ors, which addressed election petition jurisdiction, and OO v. BK and The Attorney General of Barbados, which clarified the rights of former spouses under domestic violence protection orders. These decisions underscored the Court’s role in statutory interpretation and upholding constitutional principles.

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach

The CCJ actively engaged with regional and international stakeholders. Significant efforts included the First Hemispheric Meeting of Regional Courts, training sessions with the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago, and public lectures on various legal topics. The Court also collaborated closely with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to enhance judicial processes and mutual understanding.

Conclusion

The CCJ’s Annual Report for 2022-2023 reflects a year of substantial progress and commitment to judicial excellence. As the Court continues to engage, empower, and energize its stakeholders, it remains dedicated to providing accessible, fair, and efficient justice for the people and states of the Caribbean Community.

For more detailed information, the full Annual Report can be accessed on the Caribbean Court of Justice’s official website.

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