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Bridgetown- September 24th, 2021– One judge and ten magistrates were presented with Mediation Certificates on Friday, September 24th, 2021 at the conclusion of the Canadian Government funded IMPACT Justice Project’s Mediation Workshop for Judicial Officers.

At the workshop’s closing and certificate presentation ceremony, the Honourable Mr. Justice Barry Carrington and the island’s 10 Magistrates received high praise from St. Lucia based Mediation Trainer, Mr. Urban Dolor for their commitment to the training, enthusiasm and willingness to embrace the new concepts of mediation which many of them are eager to start using in their courts. The closing ceremony, marked the end of five days of intense basic mediation training which was held in two segments, the first from July 28th to 30th and the second from September 23rd to 24th. Professor Velma Newton, CBE, SCM, Regional Project Director of the IMPACT Justice Project chaired the closing and in her closing remarks thanked the participants for taking the time to participate in the face to face sessions. She noted that the training was only the second such workshop organised by IMPACT Justice for Judicial Officers, the first being for Parish Court Judges in Jamaica in 2018.

Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes closed the proceedings by delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of the participants. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the Director and staff of the IMPACT Justice Project for organising the workshop, and commended the trainer and coaches, Miles Weekes, Anthony Howard and Victor Felix for an enjoyable and informative workshop.

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