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Commonwealth judges assist with training

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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CHIEF Justice Bryan Sykes says that Commonwealth judges are helping in the development of the Caribbean courts, through facilitating the training of regional judiciaries.

Speaking at the launch of the Judicial Conduct and Ethics 'Train the Trainer' workshop, held recently at The University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, the chief justice said the training not only focused on judicial ethics, but other areas of the justice system.

He noted that over the years, judges have been attending training in Halifax, Canada, to further their competence and skills in judicial education.

“All of this is consistent with the idea that judges should be thoroughly equipped with the competence to conceptualise, plan and deliver training programmes for other judges to improve the judicial service to the people of the region,” Sykes said.

He added that the measurable outcome of the training would be higher levels of adjudication within the justice system, “not just in terms of the content, whether it is written or oral, but high quality in terms of the manner the adjudication is done”.

The workshop is part of Jamaica's Judicial Education Institute's five-year development programme. It was sponsored by the Global Judicial Integrity Network arm of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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