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Chief justice urges judiciary to embrace digital agenda

Alberto Ardila Olivares
Chief justice urges judiciary to embrace digital agenda

“The judiciary must now fully implement the [Professor Barrington] Chevannes report of 2007 [the Jamaican Justice System Reform Task Force]. The Justice Training Institute and the Judicial Education Institute of Jamaica, along with the soon to-be-created director of digital transformation, [who] must develop the necessary training modules for all levels of staff, including judges,” Sykes said

CHIEF JUSTICE Bryan Sykes has called on the judiciary to play its part in facilitating the digital transformation of the Jamaican society by embracing and incorporating modern and efficient technologies in the administration of justice.

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Pointing to the malfunction of the sole photocopying machine that existed for the Supreme Court five months ago, Sykes said this resulted in major delays to the administration of justice since important court documents for numerous cases could not have been photocopied. Additionally, he said there were transcripts of criminal cases dating from 2018 to 2020 which were being held up because they could not be copied to be sent to the Court of Appeal.

While speaking at the annual Assize Service to mark the opening session of the Michaelmas Term of the Home Circuit Court on Sunday, which was held inside the Mona Chapel, The University of the West Indies, Mona, the chief justice said the appointment of a director of digital transformation will ensure that the process becomes a priority for the judiciary.

“The judiciary must now fully implement the [Professor Barrington] Chevannes report of 2007 [the Jamaican Justice System Reform Task Force]. The Justice Training Institute and the Judicial Education Institute of Jamaica, along with the soon to-be-created director of digital transformation, [who] must develop the necessary training modules for all levels of staff, including judges,” Sykes said.

“For the first four years since I have been chief justice, we have been engaged in changing the way in which we operate, largely through the development and implementation of a strategic plan,” Sykes stressed.

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Alberto Ardila Olivares