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Sloppy lawyers contributing to divorce backlog, says court service executive

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 5:14 PM

Principal Executive Officer of the Court Management Services in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Hughes, has charged that the sloppy work by  attorneys is a major contributor to the delays in divorce cases.

Hughes today told Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee that many divorce applications submitted to the court by attorneys are littered with errors.

Emphasising that the application is a standardised form, she said much time has to be spent to correct the mistakes.


Head of the Court Management Services, Carol Hughes

Committee Member Leslie Campbell, who is also an attorney, expressed surprise, saying the claim, if true, is an indictment on law schools.

"Lawyers are dunces? They can't complete standard forms?" Campbell questioned. 

"That's the truth," Hughes responded.

She maintained that errors on divorce application are a serious problem which lawyers must address.


Head of the Court Management Services, Carol Hughes and before her PAAC member, Leslie Campbell

Recently, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck revealed that a major corruption racket had been uncovered at the divorce unit of the Supreme Court where employees were collecting money to expedite applications.

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