Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 4:21 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Attorney General’s Ministry held training last week for the alcaldes and deputy alcaldes of the Maya villages of the Toledo District.
These traditional leaders, directly elected by their villages, were refreshed on the Alcaldes Jurisdiction Act of the Inferior Courts of Belize and particularly on their functions, jurisdiction, court decisions and procedures, witnesses, appeals, and natural justice.
In addition, the Alcaldes received information on the judicial system of Belize, the role of the Belize judiciary, and the functions of the Attorney General.
The Alcaldes are appointed by the Attorney General of Belize for a two-year term. The Alcaldes also have a Maya customary law jurisdiction. It is a part of the age-old customary form of Maya leadership that has served the Maya people for generations. Over time the Alcaldes have formalized themselves under the Toledo Alcaldes Association forming part of the Maya governance system.
This training was made possible with technical support from the Attorney General’s Ministry and logistical and coordination support from the Toledo Alcaldes Association and the Julian Cho Society. It is a part of a project titled: “Building Sound Leadership and Governance in Changing Indigenous Communities” that is being supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Mexico.
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