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Foreign investments helping justice ministry cut time in court

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 9:00 AM

The investments being made in the justice system under a decade-long transformation programme are expected to result in a reduction in the time it takes to dispose of cases in the courts.

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has expressed dissatisfaction with the current situation, noting that it was taking six to eight years for some cases to be concluded, and saying that the ministry was targeting a reduction to three years.

The minister was responding to a question from one of the 120 participants, including High Commissioner of Canada Sylvan Fabi, who attended the first in a series of sensitisation sessions for community leaders at the Ministry of Justice complex in St Andrew on Thursday.

 

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

 

In his address to the gathering, Chuck outlined the significant investments of international partners in the transformation of the justice system.

"The Canadian government has demonstrated commitment to Jamaica's efforts with funding amounting to CDN$20 million for the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation programme in addition to prior funding support."

The minister also told the community leaders that the European Union had been a good partner in the justice transformation programme since 2014, investing €4.1 million in areas to improve administrative processes and implement a case management system and rehabilitate select courthouses.

He said that the 11th European Development Fund has earmarked €24 million to the justice sector through the Justice Security Accountability and Transparency Programme.