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Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - Staff of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court together with their counterparts from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, move into the final day of a two-day regional workshop on Judicial Statistics, on Tuesday at the Cara Suites Hotel.

Organized by the Judicial Education Institute and the Judicial Studies Centre of the Americas, the exercise is geared at creating a more equitable and efficient justice system. Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Administrator, Gregory Girard says the judiciary and the general pubic stand to benefit tremendously from the initiative in the wake of the enactment of new rules of the Supreme Court and a major computerization process.

According to Girard “With computerization you have the increase ability to generate information,” said Girard. He pointed out further, “information that will show you how the Court is performing, information to help you manage the resources of the Court in terms of deployment of judges, how judicial time is spent, ensuring that cases don’t slip through the cracks and present a problem later on. What the conference is geared at is having gone through reforms in terms of introduction of new rules and computerisation we are trying to get a consensus among colleagues in the region.”

Girard says although a definitive time frame could not be pin-pointed, the average person was already reaping benefits from improvements in the administering of justice in the region, all brought about through the analysis of existing data and attempts at greater data collection.

He exclaimed, “There should already be signs of improvement given the new rules, but I think one will observe that there may be greater improvements in the next few months to come. Of course there are different aspects of statistics, there are those you can get which shows how things can change over time and there are statistics for a particular point in time that will indicate the number of things that you are doing. The overall idea is that as one observes how things are moving over time one can get a feel for what improvements are taking place and what improvements are not taking place.”

Facilitators for the workshop include Ms.Luciana Sanchez of the Justice Studies Centre of the Americas and esteemed Caribbean jurist, Karl Hudson-Phillips Q.C.



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