Pointing out that it is the 21st century, Justice Vicki Ann Ellis has called on the Smith-led administration to place the territory’s laws online.
Justice Ellis made the call during the recent opening of the new law year.
She said having local laws in an online portal facilitates ease of access and assists everyone involved.
“It is 2018 and we still have not managed to have the laws of the territory available electronically,” she said.
“Therefore, [we] again call for this to be addressed as a matter of priority not only for the judiciary and the members of the legal profession but for members of the public who have the right to access the laws which govern them.”
“If we are to fully engage in the e-filing process which will soon descend on us, from what I understand, … later on this year, it seems wholly inconsistent that we are to be headstrong with hard copies of the laws which are to be applied.”
Meanwhile, Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Janice Pereira, said as the world continues on its technological path, courtrooms across the region should get up to speed in that area.
She said a country’s ease of doing business is also ranked based on the performance of the judiciary and its ability to decide disputes in a timely manner.
Recently, Junior Minister for Trade Marlon Penn said the territory was one of the lowest rated Caribbean countries as it relates to the ease of doing business.
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