In accordance with our motto, "Transformation through Education," the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago seeks to support a progressive justice system both locally and regionally through our publications. Our publications are now also available for easy-access at our E-book store: www.ttlawcourts.org/jeibooks
Distinguished Jurist Lecture Series
2011: "Creating a Regional Jurisprudence" - Based on the speech delivered by Sir Shridath Ramphal at the Inaugural Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2011. The book addresses issues such as "A Shared Legal Heritage" and "A Caribbean Supreme Court", Sir Shridath explores various landmark cases and the overall historical process that led to the creation of a regional jurisprudence.
2012: "The Role of the Court of Appeal in Developing and Preserving an Independent and Just Society" - In this, the Second Distinguished Jurist Lecture Series. It includes the lecture, Justice Adrian Saunders examines the role of the courts of appeal in the Caribbean as the final indigenous courts. This publication includes responses and discussions by a distinguished multidisciplinary panel including Professor Selwyn Ryan, Mr. Russell Martineau SC and the Honourable Mr. Justice Ivor Archie, Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago.
2013: The Continuing Relevance of the Jury System in the English Speaking Caribbean - Based on the speech delivered at the Third Distinguished Jurist Lecture by The Honourable Justice Marston Gibson, Chief Justice of Barbados, this publications explores the issue of the relevance of the jury system to the contemporary needs of Caribbean society. Discussion on the topic by panellists The Hon. Chief Justice Mr. Justice Ivor Archie O.R.T.T., Mr. Justice Jacob Wit, Professor Ramesh Deosaran, Her Worship Magistrate Ms. Nalini Singh and The Honourable Sir Marston Gibson, K.A., is included.
2014: The Yin and Yang of Commonwealth Caribbean Social Democracy: Change for Stability and Progress - The Fourth Annual Distinguished Jurist Lecture, delivered by Dr. Leighton Jackson, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at UWI Mona Capus, Jamaica, explores the application of the Chinese philosophical concept of the Yin and Yang in relation to the tension between stability and progress in the constitutions of the Commonwealth Caribbean. The second half of this publication contains an analysis of the proposal put forth by Dr. Jackson by panellists: Mrs. Ria Mohammed-Davidson, Senator Anthony D. Vieira, Ms. Sunity Maharaj, and Fr. Clyde Harvey.
Bench Books and Handbooks
Guidelines to the Civil Proceedings Rules (1998)
Sentencing Handbook (2011) – This Handbook will serve as a reference guide for all judges and judicial officers of the range of sentences imposed for selected specific offences together with an indication of aggravating and mitigating factors. The research has been undertaken by local judges and judicial officers assisted by their judicial research assistants. We are very proud of this publication and have already had a great deal of positive feedback from judges, judicial officers and external stakeholders.
Handbook on Award of Damages for False Imprisonment and Malicious Prosecution in Trinidad and Tobago (2010) - This Handbook provides a comprehensive digest of cases containing awards of damages for the torts of malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and wrongful arrest. It considers cases from 1991 to 2013 that were handed down by the High Court and Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Criminal Bench Book (2015) - The Bench Book serves as a tool of trade for judges and is comprised of guidelines, commentary and specimen directions that are all intended to be a point of reference when preparing to address a jury. Visit our E-book store to view this text as an e-publication!
Celebrating an Independent Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago 1962 - 2012 - This publication celebrates the very rich legacy left by a group of outstanding jurists who took the administration of justice from colonialism to independence and beyond. It also records the more contemporaneous efforts by a new generation of men and women to further transform the resulting creation - the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and especially the Court of Appeal - into a high performing professional institution. Visit our E-book store to view this text as an e-publication!
Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2015: Who's Afraid of Human Rights? A Judge's Dilemma - The Fifth Annual Distinguished Jurist Lecture delivered by Dame Linda Dobbs DBE. Expected release: January 2016
JEITT Sentencing Handbook (available in e-book format) - Update of the Handbook previously published in 2011. Expected release: 2016