CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW – Members of the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) are presently in St Kitts and Nevis, hosting its 2015 Judicial Conference.
“It is an annual event where the judges come together to do judicial education training,” Attorney General Vincent Byron said. “Among themselves, they discuss various procedures, laws, and the way the process is, that judges use in the administration of justice.”
Prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, extended welcome to the body and wished them a productive conference.
“I welcome you in the firm knowledge that the judicial branch is a guardian and enforcer of those fundamental principles, enshrined in our democracy,” he said, referring to the conference theme: Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean. “I welcome you too, cognisant of the contribution that the judiciary makes to the socio-economic development of our countries.”
Harris stressed that the conference comes at an opportune time when matters of public safety and security are on the minds of the government of St Kitts and Nevis and when society is demanding justice.
He further noted that the court is critical to the dispensing of justice and it must be sensitive to the demands of society.
“It must strive to achieve excellence in its efficiency, in its efficacy and its effectiveness,” he stressed.
“I wish to lend support to this overarching objective of improved access to justice in the Caribbean,” Harris added, noting that the people of St Kitts and Nevis look to the court for justice, whether in criminal, civil matter and constitutional matters, where the rights of the citizenry or some fundamental issue may be at stake.
The ECSC is based in St Lucia, with judges from various territories stretching from Grenada in the south, all the way to the British Virgin Islands in the north.