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Chuck says Supreme Court still a far way from reducing cases satisfactorily

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, says that although there has been some improvement in reducing the backlog of cases in the Supreme Court between April and July, there is still a far way to go.

The minister made the comment in a statement to the House of Representatives this afternoon on the issue.

“The Easter term report will show that even though there has been some improvement, there is a far way to go. In particular, there are more new matters entering the courts than those being completed, which means the backlog will persist,” Chuck said.

He said that 4,274 cases entered the Supreme Court across all division during the term, while 3,337 cases were completed.

The high court and matrimonial division accounted for the largest number of new cases, with 1571 and 1366, respectively.

He said that the Home Circuit (Criminal) Division with three new cases was among the lowest, with 148 cases, and the Revenue Division with three new cases.

Chuck said that the data about the lower numbers show more than just a reduction in the cases, but it may also be an indication of the downward trend in crime that the country has been experiencing.

“We should look at the correlation,” chuck suggested.

Balford Henry

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