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					Regional Conference on The Media and Caribbean Justice System
Conference Theme: “Upgrading Regional Media Capacity to Report on the Region’s Justice System” – Court reporting skills discussed

September 3 - 5, 2008
Venue: Hilton Kingston Jamaica, West Indies PROGRAMME (Day One) Wednesday, September 3
8:30 – 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 - 9:10 am Registration OPENING OF CONFERENCE Chair Mrs. Sybil Hibbert Former Senior Administrative Specialist (Court Reporting, The Daily Gleaner) Hon. Minister Dorothy Lightbourne, Q.C. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Mr. Kwame Boafo - Director UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean Mr. Everton Hannam – Secretary General Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO Mr. AJ Nicholson, Q.C. Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General

9:10 - 9:25 am 9:25 – 9:30 am 9:30 – 9:35 am 9:35 – 9:50 am

Opening

Greetings

Greetings

Greetings

9:50 – 10:20 am

10:20 – 10:30 am 10:30 - 10:40 am 10: 40 – 11:15 am

I N T RO D U C T I O N MAIN PRESENTATION Hon. Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla, O.J. Chief Justice of Jamaica The Legal Framework and Procedures for Court Reporting. Questions and Answers BREAK Presentation Mr. A.J. Nicholson, Q.C. Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General How the Media can use proper techniques in reporting on Legal Issues in the Court to upgrade Regional Media Capacity in their reports on the Region’s Justice Systems. Questions and Answers Presentation Mr. Cliff Hughes Managing Director – NationWide News Network Media Practitioners – their role, challenges & recommendations

11:15 – 11:30 am 11:30 – 11:45 am

11:30 – 12:30 pm 12:30 – 3:00 pm

LUNCH Presentation – Tips Court Reporters can use in honing their news reporting skills Mrs. Sybil Hibbert Former Senior Administrative Specialist (Court Reporting, The Daily Gleaner)

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3:00 – 3:20 pm

Questions and Answers

End of day one workshop Cont/d…2

(Day Two) Thursday, September 4
8:30 – 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 - 9:15 am Registration OPENING OF CONFERENCE Chair Mrs. Sybil Hibbert Former Senior Administrative Specialist (Court Reporting, The Daily Gleaner) Mr. Paul Schabas President – Canadian Media Lawyers Association An overview of the procedural process and operations of The Court and The Penal Systems – Canada, US and UK

9:15 - 9:50 am

Presentation

9:50 - 10:00 am 10:00 –10:30 am

Questions and Answers Presentation Mrs. Justice Marva McIntosh Senior Puisne Judge Law Reform, to be comprehensive, must take into account accuracy in the transmission of news especially where it touches the individual’s human rights.

10:30 - 10:40 am 10:40 – 11:05 am

Questions and Answers BREAK INTRODUCTION

11:05 – 11:35 am

MAIN PRESENTATION Hon. Mr. Justice Seymour Panton President of the Court of Appeal Our Libel Laws and the responsibility of the Media in their reports on the Region’s Justice System. Questions and Answers

11:35 - 11:45 am

11:45 – 12:45 pm LUNCH 12:45 – 3:00 pm Presentation – How Court Reporters may meet and overcome some of the many challenges in the profession Mrs. Sybil Hibbert Former Senior Administrative Specialist (Court Reporting, The Daily Gleaner) Questions and Answers

3:00 – 3:20 pm

End of day two workshop Cont/d…3

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(Day Three) Friday, September 5
8:30 – 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 - 9:15 am Registration OPENING OF CONFERENCE Chair Mrs. Sybil Hibbert Former Senior Administrative Specialist (Court Reporting, The Daily Gleaner)

9:15 - 9:50 am

9:50 - 10:00 am 10:00 – 10:30 am

Mrs. Jacqueline Samuels-Brown President – Jamaica Bar Association What role does the Bar Association as a body see itself playing in the Jamaica of today in terms of contributing to the upgrading of regional media capacity as it affects the Region’s Justice System? Questions and Answers Mrs. Valerie Neita-Robertson Defence Counsel / Rep. Advocates Association a) The role of Defence Counsel b) The view of Defence Counsel in relation to News Reports as they relate to Court Proceedings and Legal Matters in general. Questions and Answers BREAK INTRODUCTION Presentation

Presentation

10:30 - 10:40 am 10:40 – 10:55 am

10:55 – 11:25 am

11:25 - 12 noon 12 noon (1 hour) 1:00 – 1:30 pm

MAIN PRESENTATION Miss Paula Llewellyn, Q.C. Director of Public Prosecutions The importance of the Jury to the Administration of Justice and how the Media can help in getting people to respond to their civic responsibility in this regard. Questions and Answers LUNCH MANAGING THE MEDIA EXPERIENCE Mr. Byron Buckley President – Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) The State of the Media in Jamaica today Presentation Mr. O.C. Powell – Trainer / Carimac Production Techniques Presentation Mr. Desmond Richards Managing Director – Sunday Herald Former President / PAJ Investigative Reporting Questions and Answers SUMMARY AND CLOSING -

1:30 - 2:00 pm

2:00 – 2:30 pm

2:30 – 3:00 pm

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Vote of Thanks

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