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High-level talks ongoing to remedy court cases backlog

Published:Monday | February 17, 2014 | 1:58 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor – Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

National Security Minister Peter Bunting says several initiatives are underway aimed at dealing with the backlog of court cases in the justice system.

He says he has been in several high-level meetings with the Chief Justice Zaila McCalla and the Justice Minister Mark Golding within the past week to discuss the matter.

Bunting also points out that the stated number of cases being held up in the court is often exaggerated.

He says unpaid traffic ticket cases as well as cases with multiple charges contribute to the backlog.

The National Security Minister says there are about 40,000 cases that have been stalled in the system and not 400,000.

However, he says efforts are being made to clear the backlog.

Bunting says among the initiatives being considered is the removal of not so serious offences that are in the system for more than two years from court records.

But he said no statute of limitation would apply to serious cases such as shooting, murder and rape.


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