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Prime Minister Simpson Miller said that the modernization of the judicial system and the completion of the process of constitutional reform were the two major elements that would be targeted to advance human rights and civil liberty in Jamaica. She made the disclosure in Parliament as she delivered her maiden Budget Presentation yesterday (May 9, 2006).
“An efficient justice system is an essential ingredient in the achievement and maintenance of an acceptable level of public order and in elevating the national quality of life”, she said.
According to the Prime Minister, the achievement of these objectives required a high level of cooperation on the part of government, parliamentary opposition, the legal profession and other non-governmental bodies that are involved in the protection and promotion of human rights and social justice.
The Prime Minister noted that successive governments had given low priority to the financing needs of the whole system of justice. She pointed out that the Capital Budget of Four Hundred and Thirty-Six Million Dollars ($436m) for the Ministry of Justice for this financial year was almost the same as the combined allocation for the past twenty-two years.
She told the House that the improvements to the justice system were important in addressing crime and violence and the murder rate which was associated with revenge killings. She said that success in this area demanded national unity, bi-partisan cooperation and community development.
The Prime Minister said that she would be making a ‘focused’ presentation on National Security in the near future.