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Case Management Information System
Following Cabinet's approval for the design, devel-
opment and deployment of a modern Case Man-
agement Information System in September, 2014,
the Judiciary engaged iGovTT (National Information
and Communication Technology Company of
Trinidad and Tobago) to submit a proposal for the
management of the project. A proposal was submitted
to the Judiciary by iGovTT and was reviewed and
commented on by the Judiciary with the expectation
that the revised document would have reached the
Judiciary no later than May, 2015.
However, due to internal constraints at iGovTT,
the finalised document was only submitted to the
Judiciary in the first week of September, 2015. A Note
to Cabinet has been prepared for approval to engage
iGovTT as project manager and will be submitted
as now that the new Cabinet is convened.
The judiciary has for some time been concerned
about the lack of diversionary programmes as alter-
natives to or in conjunction with correctional facilities
rehabilitative or restorative in nature and that can
directly lead to a reduction in recidivism among
young offenders. As a concrete step towards taking
immediate and appropriate action to divert juveniles
and youths at risk from a life of crime, preparations
are currently underway for the establishment of a
Juvenile Court in Trinidad and Tobago. The project
is being implemented in partnership with the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) and
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Juvenile Court project is an important step in
achieving meaningful juvenile justice reform and
embracing the global standards in adjudication involv-
ing children and guaranteeing the rights of children
in accordance with the United Nations Convention
of the Rights of a Child. While important strides
have been made toward the modernisation of the
juvenile justice system in Trinidad and Tobago, such
as the adoption of the
Children Act No. 12 of 2012 and Children's Authority
Act, Chap. 46:10, a mechanism is now needed to
give effect to these and other key and related pieces
It is expected that the Juvenile Court will play a
critical role in the ongoing juvenile justice reform in
the Trinidad & Tobago.
The project will establish two juvenile and youth
courts under the stewardship of trained Judicial Offi-
cers that will serve to develop civic responsibility,
youth leadership and use of positive peer pressure
to encourage young people accused of committing
minor offences to take responsibility for their behav-
In keeping with a more rehabilitative and less puni-
tive approach, the project will develop court-annexed
diversion programmes through coordination and
referral mechanisms in cooperation with the Children's
Authority, other state agencies and non- governmental
The project also aims to draft the court rules and
procedures, as well as build the institutional capacity
of the Juvenile Courts to adjudicate related cases in
an effective and efficient manner.
In addition to providing sensitisation and training
agencies and stakeholders in the juvenile justice sector,
the project's objectives will also include a public
awareness campaign to educate citizens and youth
of Trinidad & Tobago about juvenile justice reforms.
For the year in review, the key outputs of the
Juvenile Court project were:
• Enabling legislation in the form of the "The
Family and Children Division Bill 2015"
• Draft Rules of Court for the Juvenile Court
• Sensitisation and awareness sessions with key
• Review of existing referral mechanisms and reha-
bilitative programme options
• Identification of accommodation for the Juvenile
Court in Trinidad.
workplace for employees.
It was expected that the re-engineering
of each of the Court's processes would
reduce delays, errors, and superfluous activ-
ities and create new and more efficient and
New workflows were mapped and sub-
sequently used to inform the design of the
upgraded Case Management Information
It is anticipated that the learnings acquired
from this project will be used to effect
process reform throughout the wider judi-
The upgrade will also enable the Court
to receive better statistical reports for per-
formance monitoring; serve documents to
parties through emails; record and manage
payments; and allow attorneys to search
their clients' records on premises, among
Work has been on-going with regard to
deploying a newly branded Judiciary intranet
using the Microsoft SharePoint platform.
This work is currently being done in part-
nership with iGovTT and Microsoft
(Trinidad). At present, the Microsoft Share-
Point platform has been installed and work
is still on-going with regard to making the
necessary customisations that will reflect
both the Judiciary brand and functionality
for the site.
The Judiciary intranet site is carded for
completion by the end of September, 2015,
after which data migration and content
development will take place.
It is expected that the new site will be
launched for staff in October, 2015.
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