Court Administrators Attend Training Course


Thirty-five persons were recently trained in the Fundamental Issues of Case Flow Management, a module of the Court Management Programme being undertaken by the Justice Training Institute. The programme seeks to fulfill some of the recommendations proposed as part of the Justice Reform process.
Speaking with JIS News, Training Director at the Justice Training Institute, Audrey Sewell said that the role of court administrators is being broadened. “There is a need to have specific competences to function effectively and to be proactive in carrying out their role,” she said.
Thirty-one participants were drawn from the Courts islandwide, while four were from the Ministry of Justice. The second phase of the training will focus on Resident Magistrates.
The training was conducted by Chris Crawford, a Training Consultant attached to the National Centre for State Courts, a non-profit organization based in the United States.
Miss Sewell explained that the training would help to reduce the backlog of cases that currently exists. “It was well received based on evaluation of the participants and the entire court system will benefit,” she added.
Meanwhile, one of the participants, Sylvia Collins Duncan, Senior Court Administrator at the Corporate Area Family Court, pointed out that the training was very important.
“I found it to be very important, especially the way it was put across,” she said. “Mr. Crawford made a very tedious topic, very practical and people were motivated to apply the principles they learnt by applying a variety of methods,” she explained.
Persons who took part in the course received a certificate of participation. The training was conducted from February 8 to 10 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.

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