The Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project has launched its Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region. The Guidelines are intended to provide internationally accepted best practices for the management of sexual offence cases, and offer a rights-based approach to the treatment of complainants and vulnerable witnesses, including children, involved in sexual assault cases.
The launch took place at the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officer’s (CAJO) 5th Biennial Conference which is being held in Curaçao from September 28 – 30, 2017.
Speaking at the launch, the Honourable Mme. Justice Rajnauth-Lee, Judge at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) explained that even though the CARICOM region has made progress in promoting gender equality, sexual violence perpetrated against women, girls and boys remains a significant problem. The region, she said, experiences high levels of sexual violence – the majority of which is under-reported and ineffectively dealt with by the justice system.