The Project will improve the manner in which the different arms share and allocate governance roles and responsibilities.

The judiciary is a third arm of government and as such plays an integral role with elected government officials and the civil service in providing services to a common customer - the public. Clearly the role of all arms can best be fulfilled if they work in partnership. However, that partnership must respect certain protocols that protect the special responsibilities and roles of each. Of particular relevance to this Project is the critical importance of a free and democratic society to ensure that judicial officers are independent (and are seen to be free) of inappropriate influence in making judicial decisions. From a general perspective, by ensuring that the other arms of government are involved in an appropriate manner in different aspects of the Project, appropriate partnerships between the judiciary and other arms of government will be strengthened.

Specifically, the Project will improve the manner in which the different arms share and allocate governance roles and responsibilities in particular substantive areas. The Project will (in consultation with the executive and other partners) explore and develop improved definitions of the appropriate role of the judiciary and other arms of government with respect to Human Resource Management decisions regarding court administration staff.


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Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases


Although progress has been made in the Caribbean region in promoting gender equality, there are still many aspects which remain unresolved, chief among these being sexual violence against women, young girls, and boys. The region experiences high levels of sexual and domestic violence, which are often underreported and ineffectively dealt with by the justice system.

The following is a link directly to our new "Model Guidelines" section which contains a number of documents addressing and dealing with Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region.

Click here to visit our the Model Guidelines section