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Judges to meet over Justice Minister's criticisms

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 9:05 AM

Judges in Jamaica's high courts will hold talks today in a special meeting called in response to renewed criticism from Justice Minister Delroy Chuck about the time they take to hand down written judgements.

Last week, Chuck pointed to cases in other countries where such a situation could result in members of the bench being cited for misconduct.

Chuck suggested that judgements should be handed down within six months.

The Gleaner understands that Supreme Court judges are not happy with his comments and are meeting today to determine the necessary action to be taken, especially in light of problems they claim they face in doing their jobs.

One of the complaints made by judges over the years is that there are not enough judges to handle the large number of criminal and civil cases.

The judges have also been complaining they have very little time to write judgements as they have to be in court every day.

Meanwhile, an increase in salary is also one of the issues likely to be discussed at today's meeting.