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Standard divorce application form, among new initiatives to improve justice system

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 9:45 PM
Speaking at this morning’s opening of the Michaelmas Session of the Home Circuit Court, Chief Justice McCalla said repairs are being made to courts in rural parishes.

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla says a number of initiatives are being undertaken to enhance the delivery of justice to Jamaicans. 

Speaking at this morning’s opening of the Michaelmas Session of the Home Circuit Court, Chief Justice McCalla said repairs are being made to courts in rural parishes.

She also said there are to be more courtrooms for judges at the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and the filing systems are being modernised.

She further disclosed that a permanent court is to be set up in St James to hear civil and divorce cases.

The chief justice said this will help to reduce the need for persons living in the western side of the island to come into Kingston to have their matters heard.

Meanwhile, she said a standard form for applying for a divorce has been put in place.

Chief Justice McCalla said this will serve to reduce delays in divorce matters.

Also, Chief Justice McCalla called for Jamaicans not to stay away from jury duty.

She said the absence of jurors continues to cause delays in the judicial system.

A total of 537 cases are down to be heard in the Home Circuit Court this session.

Four-hundred-and-eighty-seven cases were brought over from the last session.

Of the total cases, 329 are murder cases, 105 sexual offence cases and four cases of trafficking in persons.