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Chief Justice Highlights Deficiencies in Sub-Regional Court

Tuesday 18th September, 2018- The Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has pointed to deficiencies within the judicial system, which she says must be addressed by governments within the OECS as a matter of urgency.

Delivering remarks on the opening of the Law Year 2018/2019, Madame Justice Dame Janice Pereira, said the inability of court offices across member states to produce transcripts of court proceedings, is a major issue and she is appealing to governments to resolve the matter, in the interest of those who risk being denied access to justice.

The chief justice noted that one way in which the problem can be solved, is through the installation and use of modern equipment for such a purpose.

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Justice Pereira declared that another issue plaguing the judicial system within the sub-region is the lack of proper court facilities. Before legal practitioners and other officials who work within the court system, the chief justice, who opened the law year from St. Kitts in a simulcast, said in many jurisdictions, the facilities that are available pose a threat to the health and safety of those who occupy them.

The chief justice has again issued an appeal to governments of member states and territories to support the court, in order to improve for its people the ability to access justice. And she wants the people in the sub-region who are being affected to speak up.

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