Judicial Assistants Trained to Address Judiciary Backlog
To assist with the backlog of work in the Judiciary, the Office of the Chief Justice held a virtual training session for Judicial Assistants of the Senior Courts of Belize. The sessions were held on August 16 and 17 and were chaired by Justice Martha Alexander. Participants received training in several topics including Court protocols and decorum, judicial conduct and ethics, legal drafting, legal writing, legal research, time management, and wellness. The faculty was headed by Chief Justice Louise Esther Blenman and included Justice of Appeal Michelle Arana, Justice Patricia Farnese, Justice Nigel Pilgrim, Chief Registrar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) Michelle Theobalds; Registrar General, Trienia Young; Deputy Registrar, Melissa Rowley; Deputy Registrar, Leonia Duncan; and former Judicial Research Assistant of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Jordan Jarrett. Judicial Assistants came about as part of the judicial reforms brought about in 2022 through the Senior Corts Act. The Act was brought about through the work of former Attorney General Magali Marin Young. The Act restructured the court system in Belize establishing senior courts which included the High Court of Belize formerly the Supreme Cout, and the Court of Appeal.