Mr. President, I wish to bring to the attention of the Senate certain important changes that are proposed to be made to the Court Management Services (CMS). These changes were approved by Cabinet on the 3rd February, 2014 pursuant to a Cabinet Submission from the Minister of Justice dated the 8th January, 2014, are intended to resolve the problems which have impeded the ability of the CMS to carry out its mandate effectively.

The Court Management Services (CMS) was established in 2010, following a recommendation of the Jamaica Justice System Task Force. Members will recall that that Task Force, under the chairmanship of the late Professor Barry Chevannes, carried out a comprehensive review of the justice system and made a number of recommendations for the reform of the justice system in its Report submitted in 2007.

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