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Justice ministry to determine number of court cases in backlog

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2016 | 6:09 PM

The justice ministry has said it is taking steps to accurately quantify the number of cases that have been before the courts for an unreasonable amount of time.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck gave the assurance when he made his contribution to the sectoral debate in parliament last Wednesday.

Chuck says a statistician has been employed by the ministry to separate backlog cases from those currently before the courts. He says the new statistician will quantify and analyse the data from the courts and establish an accurate mechanism to capture data. The statistician will also provide regular and accurate reports on court statistics.

The justice minister says the backlog reduction strategy will be the primary focus of the ministry for the next few years in order to achieve a timely delivery of justice through the courts.