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Senator pushing for review of Court Management Services

Published:Monday | January 20, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Citing Jamaica’s burdened court system and the growing backlog of cases, Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Senator Alexander Williams is now pushing for a review of the Court Management Services.

The entity was established under the Justice Ministry in 2008 to provide efficient and effective administrative services to Jamaican courts in order to improve the overall justice system.

However, Senator Williams has indicated that he is not pleased with the entity’s work so far.

He tabled a motion in the Upper House on Friday that will require the house to approve and authorise the establishment of a joint-select committee to review the operations and structures of the Court Management Services.

He said the committee would be required to make recommendations on improving the effectiveness of the administrative management of courts including physical structures, human resources needs and procedures.

The motion is expected to be debated at the next sitting of the Senate.

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


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