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Judicial officers yesterday packed the No. 1 Supreme Court during the first special sitting at the opening of the Legal year 2009/2010. Front row from left are attorney, Duncan Turney, Q.C. and retired Justices – LeRoy Inniss, Frank King, Elliott Belgrave and Errol Chase.


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Chief Justice to seek support for judicial reforms


CHIEF Justice Sir David Simmons wants the preliminary inquiry into indictable offences abolished and will seek the support of the Attorney-General.

In his address yesterday at the commencement of the Legal Year 2009/2010, he said that the time had come for the abolition of that long tradition, pointing out that at the 2007 Judicial Retreat, more than 100 recommendations were made to tackle the problem of delay in the criminal justice process.

Sir David added that in due course he would be writing the Attorney-General to have the necessary statutory amendments made, if he and the Cabinet were agreeable.

The Chief Justice also aims to have “a paperless court,” with the enhancement of information technology.

Pointing out that the latest state-of-the art information technology was installed in the courts and Registration Office in the new Supreme Court he added that the technology – Judicial Enforcement Management Systems (JEMS), to be used in the Registration Office and by the judges, allowed for a multiplicity of functions.

These include data entry, filing, diarising events, collating statistical data, performing wide-scale search functions, generating forms and reporters and sharing information with other agencies.

Emphasising that technology would greatly assist in the management of case and the flow of cases, he said, “Our objective is to have actual case files dealt with by judges on-line, and ultimately, develop paperless courts. In due course, the technology will facilitate the filing of cases and documents on-line”.

He added, “But immediately, the technology is absolutely necessary and central to the successful operation of the new Rules of the Supreme Court (Civil Procedure) 2008”.

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