JURIST Project launches Model Sexual Offence Guidelines

The Honourable Sir Marston Gibson, Chief Justice of Barbados receives a copy of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region from the Honourable Mme. Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice at the launch of the Guidelines at the CAJO Conference in Curacao. (Photo via CCJ)
The Honourable Sir Marston Gibson, Chief Justice of Barbados receives a copy of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region from the Honourable Mme. Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice at the launch of the Guidelines at the CAJO Conference in Curacao. (Photo via CCJ)

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.

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CCJ President to attend 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in Australia

CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron
CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron

The Right Honourable Sir Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will be attending the Commonwealth Law Conference, set to take place in Melbourne, Australia, from March 20th to the 24th. The CCJ President, in his role as Chairman of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, will be the patron of the Commonwealth Chief Justices’ Meeting during the conference.

The four-day conference, being held under the theme ‘Thriving in a global world: building on the rule of law’, will cover issues including cybercrime, migration, child protection, the growth of the Asia-Pacific region and the future of the legal profession.

The CCJ President stated, “for most of my judicial life I have championed two things – increasing the use of technology in courts and the importance of education for judges. This conference will be attended by some of the finest minds in the legal profession and I welcome the opportunity to share some of the knowledge that I have gathered and to learn from others.” (more…)