IMPACT Justice sponsors Community Mediation Training Workshop for Police Officers and Mediation Refresher

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The Canadian Government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) sponsored a Community Mediation Workshop for Police Officers from March 27th – 31st, 2017 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.

This workshop falls under the Project’s larger Alternative Dispute Resolution programme which seeks to build capacity in the region in the area of community mediation and restorative practices. Officers from the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda received training at this workshop.

Thus far, IMPACT Justice has sponsored similar training for police officers in Guyana, Belize, St. Lucia, Grenada and Dominica. The Project has also sponsored training for community leaders, social workers, probation officers and community development officers in St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Guyana and St. Lucia.

The Opening Session for the Community Mediation Workshop took place on March 27th in the Marigold Room of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Opening remarks were delivered by Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of IMPACT Justice.

IMPACT Justice also sponsored a Mediation Refresher Workshop in association with the Supreme Court of Barbados. This workshop was held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre from April 3rd – 5th, and commenced with an Opening Ceremony under the chairmanship of Prof. Velma Newton, IMPACT Justice Regional Project Director. Remarks were delivered by the Hon. Sir Marston Gibson, K.A, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Barbados and Her Excellency Marie Legault, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

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  1. […] Sir Marston Gibson, the Chief Justice of the Barbados Supreme Court, explained the importance of courts in Barbados making high-quality mediation accessible. Courts there, as here, are backlogged with cases that could be resolved more effectively and efficiently out of court. The culture of mediation is relatively new to Barbados in both civil and family disputes. […]

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