Updated: Jun 19, 2020
On February 10-14, 2020, NCSC conducted a 5-day training on digital recording tools and best practices for over 150 members of The Bahamian judiciary. The training was conducted by Kenneth Cook and Gillian Lawrence, and included experts Judge Michael Nelson and Judge Siobhan Teare, respectively retired and current Superior Court judges in the state of New Jersey. Judges Nelson and Teare were able to provide invaluable insight into their own experience transitioning to the digital recording system in New Jersey, and their presence and testimonies were instrumental in generating buy-in from the most senior members of the Bahamian judiciary.
The week-long training was split into three parts, each tailored to the specific needs and priorities of each target group. The first session was for judges and magistrates; the second was for clerks, court reporters, secretaries, and administrative staff; and the final session was for advanced users. Each member of the judiciary plays a specific role in the larger digital recording mechanism; separate sessions streamlined the training process and created a space where lower level staff felt comfortable expressing their questions and concerns.