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CCJ issues record number of judgements in 2018

first_imgDuring 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) issued 34 judgements and reasons for decision, its highest number of judgements delivered in a calendar year since it began its operations in 2005.Throughout that period, the CCJ also heard 28 new matters in both its original and its appellate jurisdictions. The court’s term ends on December 17; its last hearing for the year was a case from Barbados, heard on December 5. This matter was the appeal of Renaldo Alleyne, who was convicted of manslaughter after six young women died when the Campus Trendz Mall was firebombed during a robbery in 2010. Alleyne had been sentenced to six concurrent life sentences. The hearing was broadcast live, as are all the hearings from the Court.During this period, the judicial officers will be preparing for upcoming cases and hold case management conferences on current matters. Judicial reform work also continues during this period. The CCJ Academy for Law will be staging during this period its fifth Biennial Conference, in partnership with the General Legal Council, from December 13 to 15, 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica.The Conference is being presented with the support of the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project, the Caribbean Development Bank, CaribExport and Scotiabank Jamaica, and will feature over 50 international and local speakers. During the Conference, the Jurist Project will be launching a Criminal Bench Book for Magistrates and Parish Court Judges. The Bench Book provides guidelines, based on best practices gleaned from courts and judicial officers throughout the Region. The Bench Book will be an excellent resource document for Judges and Magistrates and will provide a template for judiciaries to adapt for their unique situations.Additionally, the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers, UN Women and the JURIST Project collaborated earlier this year to launch a Gender Protocol template, which the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (JEITT) has developed for use by Judicial Officers in Trinidad and Tobago. The JEITT launched the Trinidad and Tobago Gender Protocol on November 27, 2018.The CCJ is also preparing to launch its second Strategic Plan early next year. The new Plan will cover the period 2019-2023. The Plan will include updated vision and mission statements as well as new core values for the 13-year-old organisation. The Court’s units are currently preparing work plans, which will be broken down to work plans for each CCJ employee, to align with the Court’s overall strategic plan.last_img read more

House on shaky ground

first_img“It’s kind of ironic how they want to put us there for lack of a better place,” Scott Bowles said. Other residents say they are concerned the city is not paying enough attention to its roots. “We’re dismissing the indigenous people, as well as the founding families,” said Senya Lubisich. The lack of solicitation of resident input “seems to be more of a pattern with the city, and we’re just concerned.” Lubisich’s husband, Eloy Zarate, is a founding member of the Friends of La Laguna, a group that led successful efforts to preserve an artist-built playground in Vincent Lugo Park in recent months. Questions regarding the future of the Hayes House and plans for development were referred to Deputy City Manager Steven Preston. Preston did not return repeated calls for comment since last week. “All that is the subject of discussions right now,” said City Manager Mike Paules. Paules said the city hopes to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ratkovich Company in the next month or two. “Financially, if it’s possible to keep it in place with the proposed project, then that would be something to consider. But right now I don’t know if it’s possible,” said City Councilman Kevin Sawkins. “Where the Hayes House and museum are, it takes up a pretty big piece of land. It may make the project unfeasible.” The proposal is a key component of the city’s effort to revitalize the Mission District, in which the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel is located, and which has not been as successful as had been hoped. “It’s a very, very important project,” Sawkins said. The two structures sit on a lot roughly 100 by 100 feet. The parking lot is about three acres. It makes economic and logical sense to keep the historical house in the historical district, said Scott Bowles’ wife, Isela. “This is the founding region of Los Angeles,” she said. “Everywhere you turn there is history that no one has anymore.” The Victorian house, with its gray wood clapboards, bay window and white cresting at the tip of a gable roof, was built in 1887 on Pine Street between Broadway and Live Oak Avenue. It was built by George Findley Bovard, who later became the fourth president of USC. In 1893, it was purchased by Milton Scott Wilson, a justice of the peace for the town. It stayed in the family until Wilson’s granddaughter, Mary Ruth Hayes, left the house to the historical association after her death in 1990. Inside, the family’s possessions have been saved, including Hayes’ collection of cat figurines, tea cups and dolls. Armchairs, wood stoves, a cabinet-looking ice box and lighting fixtures also remain. “They were the original pack rats,” Williams said. “They never threw anything away.” patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Gabriel Historical Association President Bill Williams said he would prefer to have both structures remain together in the Mission District. “We’re in a position where we don’t know,” Williams said. “All we know is they’re talking about it.” The Hayes House was moved to Broadway in 1991. It is named for Edwin Hayes, who helped organize the first San Gabriel City Council and the San Gabriel Union Church. One proposed new location for the house is Smith Park, Williams said. The park is dedicated to the Gabrielino-Tongva, the indigenous people occupying present-day Los Angeles and Orange counties, and their descendants, according to the city brochure. The Gabrielino-Tongva town of Sibangna once stood in the vicinity of the park. SAN GABRIEL – City staff and developers are considering a mixed-use project that may squeeze the 19th-century Hayes House and the San Gabriel Historical Association museum next door from their coveted corner in the Mission District. The struggle between change and historic preservation is especially poignant for some residents in a city that touts itself as the “birthplace of the Los Angeles region.” “Mission life in American reached its fullest development in California, and in no other city is this more evident,” a city brochure reads. The city is “dedicated to preserving the culture, vision and ideals of our heritage.” “These are very strong words here,” said Scott Bowles, pointing to the text. “These ideas are what us residents like.” last_img read more