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Chuck promises modern court infrastructure in two years

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 11:28 AM

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is promising to replace the ailing court system with a modern court infrastructure in two years.

Chuck says when the transformation is complete Jamaica's court infrastructure will be comparable to anywhere in the world.

Addressing the Jamaican Bar Association Annual Conference at the Half Moon Hotel, Rose Hall, St James recently the justice minister said his ministry was working assiduously to install modern technologies that would enable a paperless court system.

He noted that the Government was committed to providing the necessary resources to improve the justice system, so as to protect and enforce the rule of law and to ensure timely delivery of justice. 

Chuck says the government is already providing significant budgetary support to repair, rehabilitate, establish additional courtrooms and offices, and provide support staff for judges.

The assurance of a modern court infrastructure by the justice minister comes as the Jamaican court system struggles to clear a huge backlog of cases due to inadequate court rooms, too few judges and other support staff and a lack of modern equipment to facilitate the efficient disposal of cases.