There are obviously many aspects of the CCJ to be understood. How are the people of the region expected to learn and understand the facts surrounding the CCJ, the benefits that can come with its establishment, and how to access those benefits?
The communication component is certainly a very important consideration. That is why, prior to the inauguration of the Court, there was already in progress a regional public education programme, designed to foster understanding in relation to the CCJ, the reasons for its establishment, the rules which will guide it, and especially, implications relating to its original jurisdiction and the critical relationship to the CSME.
This public education effort was spearheaded at the national level, by national debate and dialogue, in order to adequately represent various interests, and address any questions or concerns arising within the national context. Many people however continue to express the view that not enough has been done in the way of public education. Now that the Court is in operation, a public education programme is being undertaken by the Court Administrator’s department. In fact, the production of this document is part of that programme.
The idea of a Caribbean Court is not new. It has been 30 years in incubation. Now that its time has come – this critical investment in our future viability – the real concern must be how to get it right.
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