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Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, has said that her Ministry has commenced implementing over 70 recommendations for reformation of the justice system from the Jamaica Justice System Reform Task Force.
These recommendations are part of close to 200 which, the Justice Minister says, the Task Force has proposed for consideration and implementation.
Addressing a Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ)/Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) public forum on justice reform, at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (November 4), Senator Lightbourne explained that in an effort to effect the recommendations, the Justice Transformation Agenda Policy Framework (Transformation Agenda) was developed with a five-year implementation schedule.
She pointed out that, in addition to the Task Force’s recommendations, the Transformation Agenda also comprises the 2007 election manifesto commitments of the Government, as well as a range of other initiatives, some of which predate the work of the Task Force.
The Transformation Agenda, she said, outlines seven strategic objectives under which the various recommendations fall. These are: ensuring fair and timely resolution of cases; improving access to justice; strengthening the judiciary and workforce; strengthening linkages between justice sector institutions; establishing a sound court infrastructure; implementing a social component to the delivery of justice; and strengthening public trust and confidence in the justice system.
“We have referred 14 to the Ministry of National Security, as they fall within their portfolio area. About nine recommendations have been determined to require further assessment before implementation, while some 80 recommendations are scheduled to be implemented over the next five years,” she outlined
Alluding to the Justice Reform Implementation Unit (JRIU), which has been established in the Ministry with the assistance of the Canadian Government, the Justice Minister said this would strengthen the capacity to mobilize the reformation process.
“Specifically, the JRIU will monitor the pace and effectiveness of the reform initiatives and deal with other interrelated programmes of the Ministry and our international partners,” she assured.

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