Barbados will play host to the third Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) at the Accra Beach Resort and Spa, Rockley, Christ Church, from Thursday, September 26, to Saturday, September 28.

Senior Law Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus, and Vice-President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Tracy Robinson, will deliver the keynote address during the official opening ceremony of the conference on Thursday, September 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

She will also join keynote speaker for the conference, Professor Emeritus of the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Professor Norman Girvan, who will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, September 28.

Under the theme: Equity, Justice and Caribbean Realities ??? The Way Forward, this year???s conference is expected to place a strong focus on Gender Issues. During the conference, the Caribbean Association of Women Judges will be launched, and topics such as the Rights of Children and Minorities in the Commonwealth Caribbean and Human Trafficking in the Caribbean will be discussed.

The conference will also address matters relating to insolvency, the jury system, the role of information technology in efficient case management and delay reduction, judicial officers and the media and alternative dispute resolution.

The CAJO conference will attract judicial officers from all CARICOM States as well as representatives from the Judiciaries of the wider Caribbean, including Chief Justices, Judges, Magistrates, Masters, Registrars and other judicial personnel. Judges from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, France and Ireland will also be attendance.

CAJO is an organisation sponsored by the Caribbean Court of Justice, whose goals are geared towards the further development, enhancement and progression of the judicial services and systems of the region. It is designed to provide a forum for judicial officers to meet, discuss and share ideas on those issues that are synonymous with the justice sectors of the Caribbean region.

CAJO was inaugurated in June 2009 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Second Biennial Conference was held in the Bahamas in 2011.

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