At the meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Judiciary of the Caribbean held in The Cayman Islands in 2007, the Heads agreed to a conference of the judicial officers of the Caribbean region being held once every two or three years. The goals of this assembly were to be geared towards the further development, enhancement and progression of the judicial services and systems of the region.
Pursuant to the agreement of the Heads of Judiciary, the Inaugural Conference of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers themed; Caribbean Judiciaries in an era of Globalization: Meeting the Challenges of the Time, took place in June 2009 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The conference appointed a Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of CCJ Judge Adrian Saunders to advance the goals of the Heads of Judiciary.
The 2nd Biennial meeting themed: Bringing the Law closer to the People, was held in September 2011 in Nassau, The Bahamas. At that conference, CAJO’s Constitution was adopted and a Management Board elected. The 3rd Biennial meeting was held in September 2013 in Barbados under the theme: Equality, Justice and Caribbean Realities – The Way Forward. In September 2015, the Jamaican judiciary hosted what has now become a biennial conference. The theme in Montego Bay was Setting High Standards for Justice Delivery.
In 2017 CAJO’s biennial conference was held in Willemstad, Curacao under the theme: Innovative, Independent, Responsive – The Modern Court.
This association brings together the region’s Chief Justices, Judges, Magistrates, Masters, Tribunal Members, Registrars, Executive Court Administrators and many other Judicial Officers. Apart from staging biennial conferences, the association also engages in judicial education and publishes a bi-annual Newsletter.