By the time some of you read this edition of CAJO NEWS the Referendum results in Grenada would have been known. This is assuming of course that the Referendum does take place on November 24th as scheduled at the time of writing. The vote had earlier been slated for 27th October. This exercise in Constitution re-making holds huge implications not just for the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique but for the entire CARICOM and English speaking Caribbean. In this edition CAJO NEWS lists the choices before the people of our sister isles.
In this issue, CAJO NEWS publishes an interview we conducted with Hon Mr Justice Rolston Nelson, the longest serving judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice. Justice Nelson will be retiring in 2017 and we thank him for his service to the region and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours. Currently, CAJO is actively partnering with various bodies in different respects. Firstly, we are partnering with UN Women and the JURIST project on a range of initiatives aimed at enhancing the gender sensitivity of judicial officers generally and particularly in relation to domestic violence. On the latter issue the picture is a grim one. In one CARICOM country alone there were over 56,000 new domestic violence matters led in the year preceding July 2015 and, over the current year, over 14,00 applications were made for protection orders. Secondly, CAJO is partnering with the Judiciaries and Law Associations of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize respectively in organising a Run for Haiti fund raising event. The event takes place on Saturday 3rd December in each country.
CAJO NEWS also comments on the well organised CMJA conference hosted by Chancellor Singh and our colleague judicial officers of Guyana. The conference ended with an enjoyable day outing which was taken advantage of by most participants. After three days of interesting Panels and presentations conference attendees were treated to a sumptuous meal at this outing and made good use of the facilities (whether the pool or the river) and got a glimpse of the history of Guyana with a visit to a Fort. CAJO NEWS extends sincerest congratulations to Chancellor Singh and the Chair of the Local Organising Committee, Justice Brassington Reynolds and his committee for a smoothly executed conference.
Another year is quickly coming to an end. And next year we shall be busy with our 5th Biennial in Curacao. We ask all judicial officers to save the dates – 28th to 30th September – as we hope to see many of you present.
In the mean time CAJO NEWS extends best wishes to all for the coming Holiday Season and the New Year ahead.
Happy reading, all!