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  • Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government is committed to strengthening the e-justice infrastructure in order to deliver a system that serves the needs of Jamaicans and supports the country’s development goals.
  • “We are committed to delivering to Jamaicans and other persons such as investors in this country a first-class justice system and one that gives timely results to Jamaicans in whatever socio-economic group they are in.
  • “Our mission is to provide the necessary resources for technologies to enhance the process of reform and modernisation,” he said.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government is committed to strengthening the e-justice infrastructure in order to deliver a system that serves the needs of Jamaicans and supports the country’s development goals.

“We are committed to delivering to Jamaicans and other persons such as investors in this country a first-class justice system and one that gives timely results to Jamaicans in whatever socio-economic group they are in.

“Our mission is to provide the necessary resources for technologies to enhance the process of reform and modernisation,” he said.

He was speaking at the recent National Conference on Technology in the Justice Sector, held recently at the AC Marriott Hotel in New Kingston.

Minister Chuck said that new habits will have to be developed by persons using the new systems as the Government works to get Jamaica on par with top-performing justice sectors in the rest of the world.

“I look forward to the day when attorneys, instead of coming to chambers to meet with judges, they can stay in their offices and communicate via Whatsapp and Skype without having to be physically in the judges’ chambers.

E-filing should become the norm. Members of the public applying for divorce ad probate matters should be given the opportunity to file online; no more paper-based filing of documents,” he said.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Sancia Bennett Templer, said the efficiency of the country’s justice sector is inextricably linked to national development.

“In the context of Jamaica, an increase in the use of technology throughout the justice sector presents a tangible and attainable option for advancing coordinated and sustainable modernisation of the sector. Given the rapid pace of global development in this field, it is important that we not only focus on activities in our own jurisdiction; we must also follow, closely, developments in the region and around the world,” she pointed out.

The conference, held under the theme ‘Roadmap to E-justice: Enhancing efficiency, effectiveness and access to Justice’, was targeted at stakeholders in the local justice system, including judges, attorneys, students, among others.

Local and international presenters facilitated discussions aimed at building awareness about available information technology solutions in improving delivery of justice-related services.

The event was made possible through the collaboration of local and international partners, including the Court Administration Division, European Union (EU), Canadian Government, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), National Integrity Action (NIA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).

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