Press Release ECSC Media Briefing and Launch of its E-Litigation Portal (Saint Lucia)
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court [ECSC] hosted a Media Briefing and Launch of its E-Litigation Portal held on 25th October, 2018 at the Courts Sub-Headquarters in the Renham Building, Castries Saint Lucia.
The tagline, “The ECSC E-Litigation Portal – “Serving you on-time and Online “. Aptly describes the capability of this integrated e-filing and case management web-based application, which will provide Court users and all stakeholders with access to assigned services anytime, anywhere and on any device including smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.
The event was attended by The Chief Justice, Justices of Appeal, High Court Judges, and High Court Master of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Professor Velma Newton, Mr. Thaddeus Antoine, President of the OECS Bar Association, Ms. Rene St. Rose, Partner at the Law Firm Fosters, Mrs. Onel Sanford-Belle, Communications Consultant E-Litigation Documentary Project, Representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and the Ease of Doing Business Task Force, Consultants from CrimsonLogic Ltd. Developers of the E-Litigation software, Members of the Media, Members of Staff of the ECSC Headquarters and , the High Court of St. Lucia.
The event gave Her Ladyship, The Hon. Dame Janice Pereira, Chief Justice an opportunity to inform attendees of the advantages of the E-Litigation Portal and how it will transform the way in which the Court will do business, as well as how it will improve the delivery of justice to the citizens of the OECS and the operational efficiency of the Courts, both at the appellate and original jurisdictions. Her Ladyship expressed profound thanks to everyone who contributed to making the E-Litigation Portal a reality, from the developmental phase to implementation phase . Her Ladyship assured members of the legal fraternity and the public that the Court will do everything possible to embrace the use of technology so that justice can be dispensed in a timely and efficient manner to all stakeholders.
Stakeholder and Partner at the Law firm of Fosters, Ms. Renee St. Rose, who is also a testing partner with the ECSC, shared with the audience some of the benefits that the ECSC E-Litigation Portal will provide to the legal fraternity. She informed the gathering that having assessed and reviewed the E- Litigation Portal, she is comfortable to state, without a doubt, that it will only assist in making her law practice and the judicial system more efficient and manageable. Ms. St. Rose also stated that the portal will now allow Lawyers to file documents and deliver those documents to opposing counsel from the comfort of their offices and even their homes, at any time of the day and importantly, in real time.
The Court is very excited to get the system rolled out so that the stakeholders can start realizing the benefits that the proposed ECSC E-Litigation system will provide. Please note that the implementation of the E-Litigation portal will be done using a phased approach, starting with the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal of Saint Lucia to be followed by the Overseas Territories of the Virgin Islands and Anguilla in the coming weeks.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) was established in 1967 by the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court Order No. 223 of 1967. The ECSC is a superior court of record for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), including six Independent States: Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and three British Overseas Territories: Anguilla, The Virgin Islands, and Montserrat. The Court has unlimited jurisdiction in each Member State and Territory.
To learn more about the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court please visit our website at: www.eccourts.org or call us at Tel: 758-457-3600.