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Gov't considers establishing judge-training institution

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 2:45 PM

Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, says the Government is considering to establishing an institution dedicated to educating judges on their functions.

The comments follow recent criticisms by a high court judge about the lack of judicial training. 

The Supreme Court judge told The Gleaner that disparities in sentences especially by resident magistrates are due to a lack of judicial education.

Senator Golding says a committee established to develop sentencing guidelines is far advanced in its work.

However, while noting the importance of existing guidelines and seminars used to train judges, the Justice Minister says it’s time for a formal institution.

Jamaica already has a justice training institute which trains justices of the peace and other court administrators.

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