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244 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE Participants from the “Seminar on Trial Management in the Magistrates Court: Canadian and Guyanese Perspectives” held in Georgetown in December 2016. Photo Credit: Stephen Herman. managing and reducing backlogs. In January 2016 Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree of the Provincial Court of British Columbia visited Guyana and conducted a diagnostic exercise to determine the time and delays associated with bringing an accused person to trial. He prepared a comprehensive report that set out a number of recommendations. These recommendations were incorporated into an agenda that was developed for the visit by a delegation of Guyanese officials to Canada in October 2016. That delegation was composed of the Honourable Carl Singh, Chancellor of the Judiciary in Guyana; Mr. Justice Reynolds of the Guyanese High Court; Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan of the Guyana Magistrates Court; Ms. Shalimar Ali-Hack, Director of the Public Prosecutions; and Rolinda Kirton, JES Guyana Country Representative. The study tour visited 222 Main Street, the Provincial Criminal Court in Vancouver, Downtown Community Court and Drug Treatment Court. Judge Phillips of the Provincial Court of British Columbia provided an overview of the new Provincial Court scheduling model, and the Guyanese delegation received a demonstration of the digital audio recording system in use in B.C. courts. One day of the seminar focused on measures used in British Columbia to address court scheduling and trial management. Prosecutors and defence counsel from the Lower Mainland attended and provided an overview of the use of alternative measures and other early resolution options in the context of both adult and youth offenders. Of note, members of the Guyanese defence bar joined and participated by Skype in this presentation. The final morning of the delegation’s study tour was spent brainstorming ideas that would be useful to take back to Guyana to address some of the issues associated with the systemic delays present there, including the


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