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Case backlogs in parish courts reduced by 25 percent

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 9:55 AM
Delroy Chuck - File photo

The backlog of cases in Parish Courts has been reduced by 25 per cent in the last fiscal year, surpassing the 20 per cent target for the period.

The reduction comes even as Justice Minister Delroy Chuck gave his support to Chief Justice Brian Sykes for intimating the need for guidelines and time standards for court matters.

"If matters are to be dispensed in a timely manner, then we may need to think outside the box. We may need to have more night courts, more part-time judges, more mediation and yes, far more investment in the justice system," declared Chuck in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

Chuck told his parliamentary colleagues that court cases are being set for trial in 2022, arguing that this was undesirable.

He cited at least two instances where court matters languished for 21 and 39 years, respectively.

He charged that the inordinate delays in trying cases must be addressed.

"The people of Jamaica deserve better and they will get better. Our courts must now become truly temples of justice and excellent service centres."
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