The Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court collaborated with the OECS Commission to host its signature event, the Annual Judicial Conference from July 25 – 28, 2016 at the St. Kitts Marriott Beach Resort and Spa.This year the JEI received funding from the 10th EDF Project to host training on Competition Law for Judges and Magistrates of the OECS. The training for Judges was held from July 25 – 26, 2016 and the training for Magistrates was held on July 27, 2016.
The JEI leveraged this activity to host additional training for all judicial officers of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the area of Civil Procedure. The training in civil procedure was aimed at strengthening the capacity and increased productivity in civil processes. The training focused on the following areas: Case Management, Interim Remedies, the Costs Regime and Enforcement. The training on Competition Law introduced the Judicial Officers to the fundamentals of competition law, with reference to the draft OECS law. The judges were trained on the economic tools in judicial enforcement of competition law; standard and burden of proof in competition law issues; economic and legal issues in the sanctioning of antitrust violations, compensation and damages; the sanctions of anticompetitive practices: deterrence and proportionality; and compensation of competitive damages: how to assess legally and economically the prejudice which can be compensated.