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Applaud Sykes for warning judges

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM


The Gleaner on Friday, May 18, 2018, published an important news report headlined 'Sykes chides judges'. It stated, in part, "Chief Justice Bryan Sykes has described as unacceptable the fact that over the 15-month period from January 2017 to March this year, judges at the Supreme Court handed down decisions in 27 per cent of the cases in which they reserved judgment."

According to the erudite chief justice, all judges must accept that their performance will be measured. That was a very commendable, important and significant judicial warning.

Jamaica's judges should understand the importance of handing down their judgments on cases that they have adjudicated on in the courts in the shortest possible time.

A deadline of three months for handing down judgments would be appropriate. Among the major priorities for Chief Justice Sykes should be the timely clearing of the approximately 40,000 cases that are languishing in the court system. There is also need for a new complex to accommodate the parish courts, Circuit Court, Family Court, Traffic Court and petty sessions courts, as well as a branch of the Supreme Court registry.


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