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Jan 16, 2024

Chief Justice: Justice System Needs Admin. Department

Louise Blenman

As Chief Justice Louise Blenman alluded to in her address, the senior courts made great strides in 2023 and managed to dispose of a great percentage of civil and criminal cases. The addition of the four new judges is expected to improve the court’s efficiency. She did point out, however, the need for an administration department within the court system. That is currently a responsibility that falls under the registry staff.


Louise Blenman, Chief Justice

“There is urgent need for an executive court administrator and eventually the establishment of a dedicated court administration department. It is impossible for the registrar to effectively perform her myriad legal duties while attending to the court administration functions of the senior courts. This was quite widely recognized by the former Attorney-General. Now, more than ever before, this is a necessity in any modern and efficient court. Our court is m\being stymied by the lack of an executive court administrator. All other judiciaries in the English-speaking Caribbean benefit from the crucial support of a court administration unit. We have operated without a court administrator for far too long and this hinders the efficiency of our courts.”

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