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140 persons awaiting payments from government on court judgments

Published:Friday | March 21, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding says at the end of January there were 140 persons awaiting payments from judgments awarded by the courts against the Government.

Senator Golding made the disclosure while responding to questions by opposition Senator Robert Montague in the Senate today.

Asked when the awards would be paid, the justice minister said payments depend on budgetary support and the availability of funds.

He pointed out that between fiscal years 2009 and 2013 the government paid out more than a billion dollars in judgments.

Senator Golding said as at January 31 this year more than $165 million have been paid.

He says the justice ministry has requested $250 million for the Attorney General's Chamber for the upcoming 2014-2015 budget.

Senator Golding also explained that payments are made on a first in first out basis, subject to requirements of a payment by particular dates.

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