Bruce Golding, in 2006, had promised that a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government would ensure that criminals would be arrested within a month, tried within three months, and the case disposed of six months later.
Golding, despite being prime minister between 2007 and 2011, failed to realise any success in his 1-3-6 approach to crime fighting.
Now Audley Shaw, who is gunning to unseat Andrew Holness, Golding's successor as JLP leader, is promising to unclog the country's court system.
Shaw, during a press conference in Kingston, where he presented his national vision and policy priorities framework, said a JLP government led by him would ensure that no case would stay before the court longer than 18 months.
"While recognising the economic constraints to the improvement of our justice system, my team will give priority to instituting reforms such as extending the night courts," a document prepared for the Shaw campaign stated.
It added: "We will institute a shift system of operation for the Supreme Court. We will immediately commence the implementation of reforms, and we will set a timeline of 18 months for the disposition of cases."
Meanwhile, Shaw yesterday said his mission was to "create a society in which our people are well trained to world-class standards of productivity, are gainfully employed, earn a decent standard of living, and enjoy justice, peace and prosperity in a clean, safe and healthy environment".
The JLP deputy leader, who served as finance minister between 2007 and 2011, announced that Senator Dr Christopher Tufton would lead a multi-stakeholder national
He also said Edmund Bartlett, longstanding JLP member and former government minister, will lead a
Shaw's presentation of his national vision, which included a commitment to tackling issues related to education, energy, the economy, employment and empowerment, was, however, criticised by Holness' supporters, who claimed it was an act of plagiarism.
In an email, Holness' Team JLP noted that Shaw's focus was notably similar to the 'Five Es of Development', namely education, energy, economy, environment and efficiency, which were outlined by Holness at an August 2012 conference.