Last Updated: November 21, 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

20.11.2014

Gerard Beausoleil et al v Bartholomew Sylvester et al

Claim No. SLUHCV2012/0829
Taylor-Alexander, M
Delivered: 17/11/2014

14.11.2014

BAF Distributors Ltd v George W Bennett Brysons Co Ltd

Claim No. ANUHCV2012/0680
Cottle, J
Delivered: 13/11/2014

Stuart Lockhart v Caribbean Development (Antigua) Ltd et al

Claim No. ANUHCV2011/0721
Cottle, J
Delivered: 13/11/2014

13.11.2014

Leton Thomas v Pamela Eugene et al

Claim No. SLUHCV2011/0065
Belle, J
Delivered: 22/10/2014

NEWS AND UPDATES


21.11.2014

Notice Appointment of Silk Advisory Committee 2014   - New

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 [...]


Notice for Receiving Applications for Silk 2014   - New

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Notice

PURSUANT to Section 6.1 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Queen’s Counsel Appointment Protocol Dated 26th November, 2010.


SILK – Guidance Notes to Applicants 2014   - New

NOTES TO APPLICANTS WISHING TO APPLY FOR
SELECTION AS QUEEN’S COUNSEL


20.11.2014

Legal Internship Programme 2015   - New

Applications are invited for the Legal Internship Programme of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Students who have completed the first year of Law School are eligible to apply.



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