Board meetings occur once a term and feature a lively exchange of ideas and suggestions. This democratic approach to judicial education is deliberate and is seen as a way to model the system change necessary to move the Judiciary forward.
In each of our ventures, the JEITT operates with the following in mind:
To promote excellence in the administration of justice in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through continuous training and development of Judges, judicial officers, and non-judicial staff attached to the Judiciary.
Transformation through Education.
Programmes were selected after some analysis of needs, but often with what was readily available and easily accessible in mind. In lieu of dedicated staff assigned to the JEITT, members from the Library, and Information and Protocol units helped in the facilitation of judicial education events.
The annual Continuing Education Seminars (CES) held by the JEITT are residential weekend seminars held for all judicial officers.
The CES’ are done in groupings: Judges & Masters; Magistrates; Registrars; Family Court; Court Administrative Unit.
All levels of judges and judicial officers are canvassed throughout the year about possible topics for inclusion at the CES.
Judges and judicial officers on the Board of JEITT have the responsibility to act as liaisons between the JEITT and their colleagues. They are also responsible for organising termly half-day training sessions for their particular group. These groups include: Court of Appeal; Criminal Bench; Civil Bench; Family Court; Registrars; Magistrates; Court Administrative Unit.
The JEITT, in collaboration with the Hugh Wooding Law School at the University of the West Indies, has provided a course of paralegal training to all Judiciary and Public Service staff as a three-level offering: Orientation followed by Basic; Intermediate; and Advanced.
This programme is facilitated in large part by judicial officers of the Judiciary.
On completion, candidates are awarded certificates. Promotion within the ranks of the court administration is contingent on possession of these certificates.
Since 2011, the JEITT has hosted the annual Distinguished Jurist Lecture and Panel Discussion for the general public.
These lectures are an opportunity to engage the general public in discussion on relevant, and at times controversial, topics which are usually reserved to the legal profession and yet have an enormous impact on the daily lives of ordinary citizens.
The JEITT makes an effort to ensure that the panels are multidisciplinary. Members have included journalists, religious ministers and lecturers in anthropology, sociology and criminology. These Distinguished Jurist Lectures are broadcast on national television and radio and published in the primary daily newspapers.
Publications of the JEITT cover issues pertinent to, and produced in, Trinidad and Tobago. Some of these include:
To better facilitate access to justice, all not-for-sale JEITT publications are available as e-books on the Judiciary’s website, available for free download by the general public at www.ttlawcourts.org/jeibooks.
Research is an important aspect of the JEITT’s education programmes and publications. We continuously conduct topic-based research for training sessions and lectures, gathering empirical evidence for needs-assessment. This serves as the foundation for training and education. In addition to this, our research team actively compiles information throughout the year pertaining to the creation of judicial publications.