Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has unveiled its Strategic Plan
2019-2024, under the theme ‘Unlocking Potential’, which will chart the Court’s direction over the
next five years. The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders, President of the CCJ and Chairman
of the Strategic Planning Committee, asserted that the implementation of the strategic plan will
help to move the CCJ forward. The CCJ President stated, “our intention is to take bolder strides
and to be more innovative; to better empower decision makers; to communicate more effectively
both internally and with all our stakeholders; to work more meaningfully with partners and justice
sector bodies in the region; to strengthen our bonds with the Caribbean people and to advance the
rule of law.”
Lessons learned from the Court’s first strategic plan period, which ran from 2012 – 2017, served
the Court well in the design and execution of its new strategic agenda.
The CCJ’s Strategic Plan 2019-2024 is available in hard copy at the CCJ’s headquarters and can
be downloaded from the Court’s website at ccj.org. The CCJ’s strategic plan contains six strategic
issues, which are further broken down into 14 goals and 41 strategies that will be used to effectively
fulfill the CCJ’s aim of unlocking the potential of the organisation.
The six strategic issues include communication; independence and accountability; high-performance environment; equality, fairness and integrity in promoting the rule of law, organisational capacity for caseload growth and enhanced regional system capacity and performance. The new strategic plan also includes a new mission, vision, and values for the Court, which was developed by the judges and staff.
The plan is already guiding the CCJ’s operations as each of the units of the Court has used it to
develop their work plans for 2019. The process of implementing the strategic plan will be iterative,
each unit will assess the results of their efforts on an ongoing basis and will adjust their work plans
to ensure that results are aligned with the stated goals.
The development of the strategic plan, the second in the organisation’s history, was made possible
with support from the JURIST Project, a judicial reform initiative funded by the Government of
Canada, and being implemented by the CCJ. Dr. Daniel Straub, Dean of the Fellows Programme
of the Institute of Court Managers (ICM) of the National Centre for State Courts, helped to steer
the process which will direct how the Court will assess its performance and direct its resources
over the next five years.
The strategic plan was developed using a collaborative process with input from representatives of
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission
(RJLSC), the CCJ Trust Fund, regional judiciaries, bar associations, law schools and faculties of
law. The judges and the staff of the Court were also integral in identifying issues and providing
recommendations that informed the plan.
Mrs. Jacqueline Graham, Registrar and Chief Marshal of the CCJ, stated in the Plan’s opening statement that the theme of “unlocking potential through the implementation of this Strategic Plan
will also encourage a more, streamlined monitoring and review of our systems. These systems
must, at all times, be characterized by high levels of accountability, transparency, efficiency, and
fairness, and they must be harnessed by the Court’s governance principles.”