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CARILAW Expansion Project

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CARILAW EXPANSION PROJECT UNDERWAY
Project Indexers ready for the task of adding cases to CariLaw

Over 5000 judgments produced from courts around the region last year will soon be added to the 36,000 plus records currently in the Caribbean Law Online (CariLaw) database with funding from the Government of Canada.

Five attorneys started their training as CariLaw Project Indexers, under the tutelage of staff from Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project,as they prepare for the task of editing and adding the outstanding judgments to the online database.

Professor Velma Newton, regional project director, IMPACT Justice, noted that this training is one of the initial activities in the six month CariLaw database expansion and upgrade programme which the Project is overseeing.

“As these trainees already operate within the legal profession, they are ideal candidates for legal indexing. This training supplements their knowledge and prepares them for the task of assisting the Faculty of Law Library in providing speedy access to recent court decisions,” she said.

“This programme is about improving access to legal information for those in the legal profession and other researchers with an interest in the law.”

The training sessions focus on law reporting, the basics of how to select catchwords and the preparation of legal headnotes. It also includes practical exercises where the participants are required to index cases from a Court of Appeal collection.

By April, the 3,062 CariLaw subscribers will be able to access 41,000 plus case judgments specific to the Caribbean.

During the second phase of the CariLaw project, Canadian based archival software company, Andornot, will revamp the design of the CariLaw website.

“Since its establishment in 2003, changes have been made to the original CariLaw website design. It is now in need of an overhaul to make the site more user-friendly and boost the search engine’s speed and cross-referencing capabilities,” Newton explained. “This scope of work is scheduled to begin in February.”

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Photo Caption: (l-r) Wallace Blackman, Sandra Broomes, Amanda Osolo, Duana Peterson and Sharron Smith, prepare case head notes during the practical segment of their training as CariLAW Project Indexers.

 

About Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice)

IMPACT Justice is a regional justice sector reform project funded by the Government of Canada. It is being implemented from within the Caribbean Law Institute Centre, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The Project has as its ultimate outcome, enhancing access to justice benefitting men, women, youth and businesses in 13 CARICOM Member States. These include: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

The IMPACT Justice Project is designed to address the deficiencies in the justice sector in CARICOM, outside of those that are directly related to the judiciary and the courts.

 

About Caribbean Law Online (CariLAW)

CariLAW is a database of cases decided in the courts of the region, some of which date back to the 1950s. The database, originally funded by USAID during the early 1990s is now to receive a boost from the Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean Project (IMPACT Justice).

CariLAW has 3,063 subscribers (2000 regional and 242 extra-regional subscribers) who have access to the just over 36,000 records in the database. The online database enables searches by jurisdiction, by judge, date, suit number, subject, title, word or phrase.

 

 










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