Tech boost for judicial system

As the Registration Department celebrates its 130th anniversary, the island’s judicial system is moving towards using more modern technology, new techniques in administering justice, and adding more security features to documents such as passports and birth certificates.

Clerical officer getting her nails done from Akeela Drakes.

Registrar of the Supreme Court, Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, said use of technology and human resources must be improved in order for the department to function better.

“We now have a case management system which we need to improve on, and with that in place we will be working with less paper. We are also planning to share information with other agencies, such as the Immigration Department, Electoral Office, police, hospital, and the Health Ministry electronically,” she said.

And as far as reducing the backlog in the judicial system, is concerned, Cooke-Alleyne added: “We have introduced mediation, and encourage people to go this route, since it saves money, time, and the costs associated with taking a matter to trial.”

Her comments came as the department staged an Open Day last Friday at its Whitepark Road offices, aimed at familiarizing Barbadians with different aspects of its operations, including registration of births and deaths.

“Our Records Department is a place where everyone has to go to register a birth or death at least once. We [showed] people how to fill out the applications. And, contrary to popular belief, you do not have to bring the baby with you when you come to register a birth,” she explained.

Visitors also got some insight into the operations of the Court Transmission Office, which records every detail of cases brought before the island’s various courts. “Mock trials”, featuring murder, juvenile, fraud and rape cases, were also staged; and there was also a display of the equipment used and the robes worn by judges over the years.

Patrons, including some of the lawyers present at the court, also got health checks during the course of the day.

Source: (DH)

4 Responses to Tech boost for judicial system

  1. Tony Webster August 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

    A few simple questions for the Ms. Barbara Cooke-Alleyne…or whosoever might be the “competent authority”:-
    1: What is the target date, for actual change-over to a digital document-management system….just for our courts/registry, and the RBPF?
    2: What is the estimated cost, and how might this be funded?

    A real plan, must always be differentiated from well-intentioned hopes, platitudes, and soothing background noises (accidentally) occasioned by approaching elections.

    Swing and come again, please!

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  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Sounds all peachy but is the resolution of cases going to be sped up or files go to digital so they not that easy to lose and I can name plenty more,sorry but sounds just like hot air to me.

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  3. samantha walker August 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Lets not re-invent the wheel. We are a nation of followers, we follow the gun culture of the US , why dont we follow their judicial system and get ourselves our own”Judge Judy” or our own “online small claims court”.

    The developed countries all have these technlogical systems that make life a lot easier, here we are still juggling a Judicial system that from start to end is frustration. All court attendees go to court at 9.00am whilst the Judges come around 10.00am. Built in frustration is the order of the day. Then in other countries attendees have different time slots and in the 21s century everyone due in court on a specific day has a 9.00 am appointment, now tell me if that isnt a delierbate act to frustrate individuals. This is true for the court and polyclinics on the whole.

    What sense does it make to have everyone there at the sametime unless you simply want to frustrate the attendees…..backward thinking from those at the top !!

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  4. hcalndre August 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Nothing wrong with the 9:00 AM to be at court and the judges there to start at 10:00 AM that`s how I`ve seen it, the problem with barbados is when neither one turns up. There is a CJ that was brought from the US and big changes had to be made for him to get the job but what has he done. His appointment was for different reasons. Most babies are born in QEH and the Beckles Rd Clinic, the birth registration should be done there and then sent to where ever, instead of the parent have to get to this improved office however long after to register the birth. Still behind in your new and improved ideas.

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