by Linda Straker
- Tyrone Buckmire, Director of Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic, was among participants
- Stakeholders represented national governments, regional institutions, and civil society organisations
Tyrone Buckmire, Director of the Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic (LACC), was among participants in the recently held joint regional stakeholders’ consultation organised by Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) and the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST).
The 4-5 February consultation held in Trinidad was aimed to have stakeholders of the two projects come together to reflect on the progress the projects have made since 2014; to suggest ways in which they could reach their respective goals; and to highlight potential areas to be addressed by future initiatives.
The consultation was facilitated by Mark Stiles, Project Monitor for IMPACT Justice and JURIST; Dennis Darby, Consultant with JURIST; and Peter Bracegirdle, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant with JURIST.
A news release from the organisers explained that the stakeholders were drawn from throughout the Caribbean and represented national governments, regional institutions, and civil society organisations. “They praised the projects for the work which had been done thus far to improve the justice sector including the drafting of model legislation, training legislative drafters and instituting procedures for reducing court backlogs throughout the region.”
The release stated the stakeholders also raised a number of issues which they believed the projects could work on to further enhance access to justice and judicial reform in the Caribbean.
The consultation began with words of welcome from the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), The Honourable Justice Adrian Saunders; and from the Deputy Director of Policy at Global Affairs Canada’s Caribbean Regional Programme, Jennifer Heys.
Remarks and presentations were also delivered by IMPACT Justice and JURIST Projects Team Leader, Michele Gibson; Regional Project Director of IMPACT Justice, Professor Velma Newton, CBE, SCM; Project Director of JURIST, Gloria Richards-Johnson; and Programme Manager of the Canadian funded Jamaica-based Judicial Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST), Tania Chambers. The respective project directors and programme managers presented on the work they have undertaken, their successes, and the lessons to be learned from their experiences.
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