Sun | Dec 17, 2017

Justice Minister lashes tardy judges, again

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 9:35 AM

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has again blasted judges for their tardiness in delivering timely judgements.

Chuck revealed yesterday that at the end of 2015, there were 311 Supreme Court cases with outstanding judgements.

He noted that the State cannot influence the judiciary in carrying out its functions, but says this independence cannot exist without accountability.

The justice minister said the present situation could not continue as litigants who waited years for their trials are left frustrated and grossly disappointed having to wait months and, in some cases, years for judgements to be delivered.

Chuck noted also that other countries have enacted legislation to determine judicial functions, going as far as withholding salaries and pensions in order to compel judges to deliver judgements.

The justice minister said he did not wish to see Jamaica take that approach and indicated that he would continue to use moral suasion.

He was addressing the annual November conference of the Jamaican Bar Association in Montego Bay.