Barbados’ new Chief Justice, Patterson Cheltenham, is expected to launch an e-filing system for the judicial system that would render the litigation process paperless soon, and speed up the rate at which matters are handled.
This was disclosed by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall, moments after Mr. Cheltenham was sworn in by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason during a short ceremony at Government House this morning.
“Very shortly, we expect to launch the e-filing system. This is the system employed by the Caribbean Court of Justice. That system will see the entire process of litigation being rendered paperless. All of the filings will be done on an electronic platform,” he said.
The Attorney General stated that the launch of the system was delayed due to cyber security issues, which were currently being addressed.
“Very early in the term of our new Chief Justice, a matter of days, maybe weeks, he will be able to preside over the launch of the e-filing system. The technology when used effectively, will see cases being done faster…and judges will give decisions at a much faster rate,” Mr. Marshall indicated.