Cabinet has given approval for the implementation of a backlog reduction strategy, to deal with the high number of court cases and their slow rate of disposal.
Making the announcement at a Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, June 26, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, explained that from 2007, the Jamaica Justice System Reform Task Force had recommended in its report, that there be a focused backlog reduction strategy.
“This would help to dispose of the older cases and build momentum toward a more comprehensive and permanent reform in the justice system,” she explained.
Cabinet has given the nod for amendment of the Criminal Justice Act, to allow for reduced sentences on guilty pleas.
It will also facilitate reviews by the Court of Appeal of mandatory minimum sentences imposed by the trial court.
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