PRESS RELEASE – The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project continues its survey of legal education this week.
The IMPACT Justice Consultants, Professor Jane Ching, Dr. Noel Watson and Dr. Adrian Cummins, Q.C., will be conducting interviews from October 17th – 19th in Barbados before moving on to St. Lucia (October 20th), St. Vincent (October 21st to 23rd), Grenada (October 24th – 26th), Guyana (October 27th – 30th), Trinidad (October 31st – November 3rd ) and Belize (November 4th – 8th).
In each country, interviews are being arranged with Attorneys General, Ministers of Education, Deans of Faculties of Law, Principals of Law Schools, Presidents of Law Societies, Bar Associations and prominent attorneys-at-law.
The Survey of Legal Education, which is now in its final phase, was suggested by the Council of Legal Education. It is intended to consider the purpose of legal education and revisit the “West Indian System” to see how thinking has changed since it was designed in the 1960s and consider whether it is adequately meeting the needs of the region, particularly having regard to, inter alia:
(1) the current and projected demand for legal education and the need for the services of legally trained persons;
(2) the current arrangement for funding legal education and the scope for change, particularly taking into account the prevailing and projected economic environment;
(3) the current system of admissions in the Council of Legal Education’s Law Schools and in the Faculties of Law of the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Guyana (UG) and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH);
(4) the extent to which information technology is being used to cut cost through the provision of online courses; and
(5) how well equipped are new practitioners graduating from the West Indian System of Legal Education for practice in non-traditional areas of law?
The consultants have already visited The Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and Dominica to interview key stakeholders in these territories.