More Guilty Pleas in the Courts

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Jamaica News: Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Courts have been getting more guilty pleas, which has freed up resources.

“The statistics have shown that the largest proportion of matters completed in the first six months was by way of guilty pleas, that is, 62.2 per cent of matters being completed by way of guilty pleas in the first quarter and 58.91 per cent in the second quarter,” Mr. Chuck said.

The Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 9).

Citing the Chief Justice’s Statistics Reports for the Parish Courts for the period January-June 2018, Mr. Chuck informed that the Case Information Statistical System (CISS) has been extended to the Civil and Family Divisions as well as the Coroner’s Court and Special Coroner’s Court.

The Minister also noted that work has commenced to collect similar data for Tax and Traffic Court matters and reports are now being prepared to include these additional business lines.

In addition, quarterly reports are now routinely prepared and are also posted to the Supreme Court website.

“The Statistical System is now being utilised by Courts to effectively manage the cases before them, automate the Court processes, commence electronic scheduling and to track and reduce the backlog in the Courts,” Mr. Chuck said.

He added that Case Progression Officers assigned throughout the Parish Courts also utilise the electronic data to promote the readiness of criminal cases for court, thus contributing to an improvement in trial readiness and trial date certainty, and improving the case clearance and case disposal rates.

“The Courts are moving in the right direction. The steady progress exhibited by the Parish Courts in the case disposal rates is an indication of the potential of the Courts to make meaningful inroads in reducing the existing backlog of cases; and that matters are completed within two years, and in so doing prevent new matters from falling into backlog,” Mr. Chuck said.

He pointed out that this is another step in achieving a Justice system of which the people of Jamaica can be proud, one that is characterised by fairness, timeliness and efficiency.


Source: JIS News

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