Last Updated: December 11, 2014

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court The achievement of professionalism and excellence in the timely,effective and efficient access to, and administration of a cohesive, independent and accountable system of justice for the benefit of its Member States.”

It has been said in many quarters, and I agree, that the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules 2000 has positively impacted civil practice in all jurisdictions in our Member States and Territories for all the stakeholders – the judiciary, practitioners and litigants. A validation of this view could be had from a comparative analysis and examination of the effectiveness and efficiency levels of the civil practice in other jurisdictions operating under the old or dissimilar civil procedure regimes, or put simply, those who continue to operate using the old rules. Although the disposition time of matters in the civil jurisdiction has been reduced since the introduction of these Rules, has it been significant enough? Has the backlog been effectively addressed? Are the Rules being applied as they should? Are there other factors contributing to the backlog? Has the Court been sufficiently equipped and otherwise resourced to mitigate or ameliorate against those other factors? These questions continue to be the subject of much debate. Some argue that any current backlog is more a consequence of the increase in civil litigation coupled with a disproportionate lack of human and other resource issues rather than problems inherent in the civil procedures or the manner in which the rules are to be applied. A number of these matters are not directly within the Court’s control. I assure you that the Court continually assesses and seeks to find ways to implement more effective court management techniques to enhance its efficiency.

(Excerpt from the Chief Justice’s Address, Opening of the Law Year, 2014

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RECENTLY POSTED JUDGMENTS

10.12.2014

Cherita Clarke et al v Registration Officer for St Christopher 4

Claim Nos. SKBHCV2014/0111, SKBHCV2014/0112, SKBHCV2014/0126
Carter, J
Delivered: 26/11/2014

Dantzler Inc v Galloway Hardware and Building Materials Ltd

Claim No. MNIHCV2014/0024
Lincoln, M [Ag]
Delivered: 03/12/2014
Arbitration- United States Arbitral Award – recognition and enforcement – The Arbitration (Foreign Awards) Act Cap 3:02- action to enforce award at common law – CPR Part 43.10

Terry-Ann Benjamin Hector v Che Frantz Hector

Claim Nos. ANUHMT2013/0091
Cottle, J
Delivered: 08/12/2014

George Allert et al v Joshua Matheson et al

GDAHCVAP 2014/0007
Blenman, JA
Delivered: 24/11/2014
Civil appeal – Interlocutory appeal – Amendment to statement of case after the first date fixed for the case management conference without leave of the court – Application to strike out – Appeal against judge’s case management discretion – Whether the learned judge erred in the exercise of the case management discretion in refusing to strike out an amended defence and counterclaim – Rules 20.1 and 20.2 of the Civil Procedure 2000

NEWS AND UPDATES


Legal Officer I – Inland Revenue (Saint Lucia)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the post of LEGAL OFFICER III, in the Department of Finance, Economic Affairs and Social Security (Inland Revenue Department).


01.12.2014

Vacancy Notice – Magistrate and Senior Magistrate – Anguilla

The Government of Anguilla is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals with solid experience and with the confidence and resilience to fill the role of Senior Magistrate & Magistrate in the Judicial Department of the Anguilla Public Service. The posts offers an exciting opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful, safe and friendly islands in the Caribbean.


26.11.2014

Chief Magistrate – Montserrat

VACANCY NOTICE
CHIEF MAGISTRATE
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Chief Magistrate in the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.

JOB PURPOSE:
To undertake the duties ascribed to the Chief Magistrate under the Laws of Montserrat and to manage the operations of the Office of the Magistrate.


21.11.2014

Notice Appointment of Silk Advisory Committee 2014

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Notice Of Appointment
     ACTING in accordance with section 6.1 of the Queen’s Counsel Appointment Protocol, I hereby appoint the following persons to serve on Silk Advisory Committee for a period of two [2] years. The purpose of the Committee is to review applications for the conferment of Queen’s Counsel and to [...]



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