AG endorses new system to speed up court cases

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By Claneisha Gomes
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Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin is endorsing a new IT system, which he believes, will expedite proceedings in Antigua and Barbuda’s legal system.
The AG listed the back-log and ineffective management of cases as normal occurrences that would be improved by the Advance Performance Exponents Inc. (APEX) system.
He explained that the application of APEX would reduce the time spent by judges in recording case details that are currently still dependent on hand-written notes. APEX would allow legal workers to use computers, as opposed to hand-written notes, for quick reference.
Since its creation by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the use of the programme has reportedly improved the administrative capacity of local courts, police stations, the department of public prosecutions and law offices.
Benjamin, who is also the minister of justice and legal affairs, said that he will recommend APEX to Cabinet at its next meeting to ensure that the system is incorporated into Antigua and Barbuda’s legal system.
He explained that cases will be “managed properly and, in short, justice will be better served. The entire system will be so fast that Antigua and Barbuda will come into the 21st century in the dispensation and administration of justice.”
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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