Regional judges study technology

Chief Justice Smellie represented Cayman

Facebook and other social media were among the topics considered when judges attended t

he 10th meeting of the Conference of Caribbean Heads of Judiciary in Nassau earlier this month.

The conference was convened under the joint auspices of the Chief Justice of the Bahamas, Sir Michael Barnett as host, and Chief Justice Ivor Archie of Trinidad and Tobago as outgoing chairman. Cayman’s Chief Justice Anthony Smellie took part.

The theme of the conference was “Emerging Technologies – Challenges and Opportunities” and the keynote speaker was Jim Eaglin, director of research at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC. Mr. Eaglin’s presentation was on litigation support technologies for the enhancement of court and case administration and on the development of a court-wide policy governing the use of social media in the courts.

The meeting also had presentations from representatives from The Canadian International Development Agency on assistance for the enhancement of the administration of justice throughout the Caribbean region.

Chief Justice Smellie participated in the business sessions that followed these presentations leading to resolutions being taken for the development of the opportunities identified at the conference.

A further meeting in Nassau – that of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers – followed the Heads of Judiciary Meeting. The association considered matters to do especially with the enhancement of Court administration functions. The Cayman Islands, represented by the Court’s Special Projects Coordinator, Catherine Guilbard, addressed the group on disaster preparedness and recovery, focusing on the project now being implemented by the Cayman Judiciary in that area.

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