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Falklands : FALKLANDS’ LAW COURTS REVIEWED BY MOJ TEAM
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Public Relations Information Office) 05.05.2013 (Article Archived on 02.06.2013)

A team from the Ministry of justice in London have been assisting with reviewing practices, procedures and infrastructure of the Falkland Islands’ Law Courts System.

FALKLANDS’ LAW COURTS REVIEWED BY MOJ TEAM

 

By J. Brock (FINN)

 

A team from the Ministry of justice in London have been assisting with reviewing practices, procedures and infrastructure of the Falkland Islands’ Law Courts System.  Catherine Hannah, Head of the Crown Dependencies Team at the Ministry of Justice and David Greensmith, Justices Clerk for Cumbria and Lancashire spoke to the Media on Friday afternoon at Government House about their progress.

 

They began by saying that they met with stakeholders and Members of Legislative Assembly as well as holding workshops in preparation for a report on their findings for the Governor and the Falkland islands Government.  According to Catherine Hannah the report will cover recommendations for short-term, medium term and long-term consideration.  “It’s about prioritising resources as well as including those who have an interest in working together on the project,” she said.

 

This is necessary because the Court System is linked to other parts of the Justice system here, so everybody needs to work together to decide what recommendations they want to take forward and how this will be achieved.  The report should be written in about two weeks’ time.

 

 

A few days will be needed to think about what the report will contain before actually sitting down to write it.  A range of common issues were identified by people the team spoke to.  “We need to look at which ones of those issues need to be taken forward and spend a bit of time reflecting on the priorities,” said David Greensmith.

 

The team said the systems they saw were very good and they were backed up by a very strong community.  They spoke to contractors and islanders alike and they have been helpful in putting the findings into a local context so that the report can be appropriate and proportionate to the Islands.  It is up to FIG and others mentioned to take those recommendations forward.

 

David Greensmith and Catherine Hannah left on Saturday, while Philip Davies and Daniel Greenberg have remained behind to talk to more stakeholders including members of the Chamber of Commerce.

 

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