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Chief Justice urges guilty offenders to plead guilty and stop wasting the court's time

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Michaelmas Session of the Home Circuit Court opened this morning with Chief Justice Zaila McCalla calling for persons who know they are guilty to plead guilty and stop wasting the court's time.

According to her, all stakeholders in the local court system must make a valiant effort to reduce the backlog of cases in the system.

The Chief Justice told judges and court workers this morning that they are aware of the state of Jamaica in relation to crime and violence.

She says the justice system is affected because more cases linked to those issues enter the system.

Justice McCalla says under the case management system, more cases need to be readied for trial.

Meanwhile, the country’s top judge is decrying the lack of legislation to increase the number of judges in the court system.

Five-hundred-and-seven cases will be tried this term.

During the last court term, 557 cases were down for trial, 74 were disposed of.

Four-hundred-and-eight-three matters have been transferred to the new term with 24 new ones added.

Three-hundred-and-fifty of the cases are murder-related.

Nine involve lottery-scamming and 93 are related to sexual offences.

There are seven human trafficking cases.

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