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Greater Use of Technology Needed to Improve Court Administration in the Caribbean

NASSAU, The Bahamas —As the sun beat down on the colonial-era Nassau Supreme Court building, a group of judicial officers gathered to hear about a new solution for an age-old problem: how to make the justice system more efficient. The Caribbean Agency for Justice Solutions (CAJS) was there to offer its solution to the challenge, in a  presentation on “An Integrated Approach to Court Management.”

CAJS Presentation By Richard Wall to Bahamas
CAJS Presentation By Richard Wall to Bahamas

The session was facilitated by Mr. Richard Wall, Chief Technology Officer of CAJS and featured the Curia Court Management technology. In addition, the institutional strengthening programs used by the CAJS to support court modernization efforts across the Caribbean.

Sir Ian Winder, Chief Justice of The Bahamas, as well as members of the judiciary and the magistracy attended and received the presentation positively.

Mr. Wall highlighted the need for courts to make greater use of electronic filing and case management technology to streamline court management processes and improve communication between court staff and stakeholders. He also emphasized the importance of integrating systems and coordinating stakeholders within the judicial system, including courts, law enforcement and legal professionals, to create a more efficient process.

Sir Ian commended Mr. Wall and the CAJS for their work in developing the Curia Court Management technology and institutional strengthening programs.

“I am impressed with the solutions developed by CAJS and their work in strengthening regional judiciaries,” Sir Ian said. “These tools have the potential to make a real difference in modernizing the justice system in The Bahamas.”

He went on to express his commitment to use CAJS technology. Plus, his expertise as part of his larger digital transformation agenda to improve justice in the Bahamas, which is a key priority for the judiciary. He thanked Mr. Wall for sharing his insights and experience with The Bahamas judiciary. Additionally, he expressed his hope that this would be the beginning of a long and productive partnership.

“We are excited to share our integrated approach to court management with The Bahamas and other Caribbean nations,” said Mr. Wall. “Our technology and institutional strengthening programs have been designed to improve efficiency, transparency and accessibility within the courts. And we are pleased that they are making a real difference in accelerating the modernization of the justice system in the Caribbean.”

 

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