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Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding today (April 21) secured funding for a four-year programme that will improve the effectiveness of Jamaica’s justice system. He made this announcement following the signing of the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme between himself and the Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper at Jamaica House.
Mr. Golding said that reform in the justice system is critical for the good of the country. “It is an essential element in economic development. Investment activity does not thrive in a country that is not supported by a good, strong, effective justice system. The justice reform programme is important (but) so often, in the exigencies of fiscal constraints, gets de-prioritised; so often we feel that there are more pressing matters that need to attract our attention. It is particularly pleasing to note the particular interest that the Canadian Government has taken,” Mr. Golding said.
Explaining that the project aims at improving the systems and processes of the justice departments, Mr. Golding said, “Funds are intended for capacity building. There are provisions for training draftsmen as there is a bottleneck in our legislative process. We have to recruit our judges ourselves and provide the systems and the processes that will enable them to function.”
Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, said that the investment will support legislative reforms to modernise Jamaica’s justice system and help identify shortcomings in management financing. He also noted that one of the programme’s goals is to improve access to the justice system by people in poor urban communities.
Prime Minister Harper ends a two-day working visit to Jamaica this afternoon (April 21), and will be seen off at the airport by Prime Minister Golding, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Dr Kenneth Baugh and other Government officials.

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