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  • The Government is putting in place measures to have more efficient completion and transfer of forensic files, for improved processing of court cases.
  • “In far too many cases, files are not completed and it drags on for months and sometimes years,

The Government is putting in place measures to have more efficient completion and transfer of forensic files, for improved processing of court cases.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, indicates that the Commissioner of Police has agreed to have a liaison officer placed within the court system to facilitate the collection of certificates by investigating officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Forensic Laboratory.

Speaking on a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues & Answers’, Mr. Chuck said that checks indicate there is a backlog of certificates at the forensic lab, as a result of not being picked up by the relevant police personnel. This leads to incomplete files and prevents court cases from going forward.

“In far too many cases, files are not completed and it drags on for months and sometimes years. After a year or two, and the judge says, ‘when is this file going to be completed?’ and no one can give the judge a definitive date, what is the judge to do when the accused man’s counsel asks for bail?” the Minister said.

Mr. Chuck explained that the Government is also looking to increase and improve resources at the forensic lab.

He encouraged stakeholders within the justice system, including judges, police, and witnesses, to cooperate for improved processing time of court cases.

“Unless cases are tried expeditiously, it sends the wrong signal. When there are too many delays in the system anywhere, it creates the atmosphere for corruption and even more criminality. All stakeholders in the justice system must step up to the plate and ensure justice is delivered in a timely manner,” Mr. Chuck said.