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CCJ Judge Urges Criminal Justice Reform Amid Caribbean Crime Wave

Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Judge Winston Anderson has urged criminal justice reform as several Caribbean countries experience a spike in crime.

Anderson was among individuals who spoke at the recent 7th Biennial Conference of the CCJ Academy for Law.

The theme of the 18-20 October 2023 event was: “Criminal Justice Reform in the Caribbean: Achieving a Modern Criminal Justice System.”¬†

According to a CCJ release, Justice Anderson recounted the justification for the conference by noting that “an alarming epidemic of crime and criminality has engulfed much of the Caribbean.”

The release said the Chairman of the CCJ Academy for Law noted that many citizens feel unsafe in their homes, at work, or in public spaces.

Anderson also observed that at the same time, persons accused of a crime are sometimes deprived of their freedom for 5, 10, 15, or more years, euphemistically referred to as “being on remand,” before a trial.

“These and other features of our criminal justice system are not acceptable,” the CCJ Judge stated.

And he called for reform.

“There must be swift justice for the guilty so that there is a correlation between crime and punishment in the public perception,” Anderson said.

“The innocent must not have their liberty and productive years sacrificed on the altar of inefficiency and disinterest. It is time for all victims of criminal justice to have real justice,” he asserted.

The Barbados event at which Anderson spoke attracted Prime Ministers, Attorneys-General, Ministers of National Security, Heads of Judiciaries, and Judicial officers.

 Directors of Public Prosecution, Commissioners of Police, Commissioners of Prisons, criminal defense attorneys, law students, and members of civil society from across the region also attended.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. BRAVO !!! SO LETS GET TO IT, BEST NEWS I HAVE HEARED IN A LONG TIME. JUSTICE FOR THE INNOCENT GIVE THEM BACK THEIR YEARS, REAL CRIMINALS ITS TIME TO GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. SO LET GET TO IT SIR JUDGE.

  2. PJP will say that’s not important because his party is safe heaven for many of them. but watch when he and his goons will get kick he will cry like a baby who is starving for milk. RF a$$ will clap if one takes him to court there because he have zero control and zero connections .

  3. For Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Judge Winston Anderson’s advice to resonate in SLU, we must first
    > fix our police force ($$$)
    > fix our correctional facilities ($$$)
    > fix our lax laws and justice system ($$$)
    > fix our lawyers (they’ll use their own $$$)
    > fix our politicians (desperate weeding out)
    > fix our educational system ($$$)
    > kick in the doors to weed out the weaklings ….

    THAT is my vision – according to Judge Anderson’s advice.

  4. CCJ is paid for by the government’s of the Islands with taxpayers money. They must dance to the tune of those who pay their salaries. Those nations that have asceded to the CCJ are the manipulators of justice. Independent justice will be eroded to nothing. As drug barons and money launderers ascend to political power, because of their wealth, so will dirty money influence everything. ‘I have a file big so’ cost money.

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