Magistrate Emanuel Leads Expert Team to Cabinet to Tackle Juvenile Justice Challenges with UNDP and EU Support

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The Magistrate Emanuel led a team of five experts to Cabinet to address the challenges posed by children in conflict with the law. 

An expert from Trinidad was among those who addressed the Cabinet, explaining the nature of the project funded by the UNDP (United Nations Development Program).

It is designed to achieve restorative justice, to reduce the backlog of cases on the courts’ calendars, to reduce the very high rates of incarceration, and the length of time which is spent on remand.

The Cabinet was informed that paper-based entries—as opposed to computer-generated calendars and the like—are in part responsible for the very slow administration of justice.

The courts’ workers must therefore be trained in the new technologies; this is called “up-skilling”.  

The European Commission has funded the 8-country project in the Anglo-Caribbean to the tune of 500,000 Euros.

Judge-only trials also speed up the administration of justice and help to reduce backlogs of trials, the expert explained.

The legislatures must therefore play a significant role by amending the laws that were adequate in a past era when the population of criminals was much smaller, and few minors were caught in the web of the law.

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