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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

20.10.2014

FBO 2000 Antigua Ltd v Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority et al

Claim No. ANUHCV 2014/0027
Henry, J
Delivered: 24/09/2014

Tesfa Joseph v The Superintendent of Prisons

Claim No. ANUHCV 2011/0602
Henry, J
Delivered: 24/09/2014

Oscar Ryan v Police Service Commission

Claim No. ANUHCV 2012 /0145
Henry, J
Delivered: 24/09/2014

Anthea Thomas v Charles Thomas

Claim No. ANUHMT 2014/0012
Cottle, J
Delivered: 15/09/2014

NEWS AND UPDATES

22.10.2014

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court ( Sittings of the Court) Rules, 2014   - New

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16.10.2014

Mr. Anthony Gonsalves Appointed Queen’s Counsel

Barrister-at-Law. residing in Frigate Bay. In Our State of St. Christopher and Nevis, if Our especial grace. certain knowledge and mere motion have thought it fit to constitute and appoint and by these Presents…


13.10.2014

Vacancy Notice – High Court Judge

EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT
VACANCY NOTICE
Suitably qualified applicants are invited to fill the position of:
HIGH COURT JUDGE


Vacancy Notice – Master

VACANCY NOTICE
Suitably qualified applicants are invited to fill the position of:
MASTER
To serve in any island of the Eastern Caribbean
where the Court presides.

SITTINGS

21.10.2014
- Court of Appeal Cause List
Cause list Saint Kitts & Nevis – October, 2014 - New

20.10.2014
D Court – 23rd – 24th October 2014 – Magistrate Michelle Louis - New

EVENTS

16.10.2014
High Level Meeing on the Role of the Judiciary in International Commercial Arbitration

[ October 23, 2014 to October 24, 2014. ] October 23 – 24, 2014 at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, Saint Lucia. The Organisation of Americans States in Collaboration with the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court will be co hosting the Fourth High Level Meeting on “The role of the Judiciary in International Commercial Arbitration”…

PUBLICATIONS

08.04.2014
Joseph S. Archibald passing

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