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Make the Justice System better for generations to come

Court Management Services | 2016-01-08 00:00:00

Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla O.J., Chief Justice of Jamaica, today implored members of the Justice Sector to “make the Justice System better not just for us who are here now, but for generations to come”.

The Chief Justice was speaking at today’s Opening of the Hilary Session of the Home Circuit Court. The Term is scheduled to run from January 7 through to March18.

Justice McCalla admonished all stakeholders, Judges, Attorneys and the Police, to assume an active role in the transformation of the Sector and endeavour to ensure that valuable court time is not wasted unnecessarily. In addressing the gathering, the Chief Justice also announced new measures that will be implemented to ease the backlog within the Courts. Cases five years old which have not been tried will be placed on a special list and set for mention on Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm. Two judges have been given special responsibilities for those matters.

With the passage of the Amended Evidence Act, the Chief Justice reminded attorneys that evidence can now be easily admitted once there is no dispute; and this should ease the burden on the Courts and reduce trial time.

Justice McCalla also commented on the Amended Jury Act which widens the pool from which Jurors will be selected and thanked Jurors who served during last term; she further encouraged all Jamaicans to continue to exercise their civic duty.

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