The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project has donated a number of key legal texts to the Magistrates’ Courts of Belize. This donation is in response to one of the recommendations coming out of a ‘Situational Analysis of the Magistrates’ Courts of Belize’ which was commissioned by the IMPACT Justice Project in mid-2021 at the request of the Honourable Magali Young, SC, Attorney General of Belize.
Consultants, the Hon. Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison, QC, President of the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Justice of Appeal of the Cayman Islands, former President of the Court of Appeal of Jamaica and former judge of the Belize Court of Appeal and Mr. Godfrey Smith, former Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, and currently a private practitioner in Belize, undertook the study which was concluded in January 2022.
In total, 88 books (8 per magistrate’s court) have been purchased on topics including, the Interpretation of Contracts, Commonwealth Caribbean Criminal Practice and Procedure, Commonwealth Caribbean Property Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Tort Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Family Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Land Law, Criminal Evidence and Money Laundering.
The Office of the Chief Justice of Belize will be accepting the law books on behalf of the Magistracy.