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Judges need to be proactive in reducing case backlogs, says Chief Justice

Published: Tuesday January 7, 2014 | 11:04 am Comments 0

Jamaica’s Chief Justice Zaila McCalla has appealed to judges to be proactive in doing what is necessary to reduce the case backlog in the justice system.

The justice system has a backlog of more than 200,000 cases.

And the Chief Justice has repeated her call for the full implementation of a criminal case management process to cut backlog.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for five judges yesterday, Justice McCalla said the time has come for all agencies, including the judiciary and the justice ministry to pursue the matter with greater urgency.

She singled out judges and said they should lead the process to reduce the case backlog and minimise delays in the justice system.

She said judges have been working with the criminal case management committee and there are initiatives being pursued, but everyone involved needs to now get on board.

The chief justice also made a plea for the authorities to make more courtroom spaces available.

She said even though legislative provision has been made for additional judges, there is not enough space to accommodate them at this time.

Justice McCalla said she hopes the authorities are looking into this matter with great urgency.

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