Justice Carl Singh believes judicial training is one step towards helping the fight against domestic violence and according to him, judges and magistrates need to understand their social obligation to ensure safety of victims at an early stage.
Justice Singh made the comment during the opening of a two day training session for members of the legal fraternity at the Georgetown Club on Friday. He said domestic violence is an issue that plagues society and the Courts should be seen as an avenue for protection.
Regional Programme Director of the United Nations Women Caribbean, Roberta Clarke said for too long the Courts have taken cases of domestic violence lightly but believes the training would bring about some change in the way such cases are handled.
The two day session aims to strengthen the administration of justice, particularly through capacity building for members of the judiciary at all levels. The training will also look at how prosecutors and the police can work to enhance gender sensitisation and awareness in addressing the issue of gender based violence.