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More funds allocated for justice administration

Published:Sunday | April 6, 2014 | 6:04 PM

More has been earmarked to the country's courts for the administration of justice.

Allocations to Resident Magistrate's (RM) courts increased in the 2014/2015 Estimates of Expenditure tabled in parliament last Thursday.

Funds budgeted for RM courts increased by J$55 million to over J$1.13 billion, while the family courts received an additional J$16 million dollars in the budget.

The Supreme Court and the Revenue Court, have also received an increase in the 2014/2015 budget. The Supreme Court received J$94 million more to bring it's budget to over $862 million; while the Court of Appeal is to receive about $23 million more up from just over $150 million in the last budget.

The government has also allocated more for the implementation of several justice improvement projects. These projects include the Citizens Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) II and CSJP III; the National Diversion Programme sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund and the Jamaica Constabulary Force Accountability Programme.

Nearly J$358 million has been allocated to justice improvement, up from the more than J$201 million in the last budget.


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