More than 100 mentally ill inmates getting Legal Aid
The Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, has indicated that the Legal Aid Council is providing representation for approximately 105 mentally ill persons who are in the care of the Department of Correctional Services.
Chuck said these persons are categorised as Unfit to Plead, Remanded at the Governor General’s Pleasure, and Remanded at the Courts Pleasure.
He said many of these persons have been in the system for extensive periods without an opportunity to have their matter heard.
In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate this week, the Justice Minister said, to date, the work of the council has resulted in the release of six inmates from the Tower Street and St Catherine Adult Correctional Centres.
Chuck said the council has filed 24 Applications to Relist on behalf of mentally ill inmates in several courts.