Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, says changes are coming at the nation’s courts to tackle false bomb threats which have inconvenienced the judicial process.
The Minister is responding to a recent spate of bomb threats against the courts which have resulted in the evacuation of their users and matters rescheduled.
Minister Chuck says soon the courts will be better able to identify when a threat is a hoax.
Minister Chuck says the Ministry is extremely concerned about the fake bomb threats that have been crippling operations at the nation’s courts. He says new security measures will be put in place at courtrooms before the day is out.
The Minister says they’ll not interfere with or attempt to undermine calls being made to the police regarding possible crimes.
He says the courts will be secured in such a way that staff on the ground will be able to tell how credible the threat is.
The most recent threat was made against the St. Catherine Parish Court in Spanish Town. The court was evacuated around 10 this morning, after someone called in the threat.
Court proceedings were delayed as firefighters and police searched the premises.
Just yesterday a similar threat was made against the Supreme Court. This joins two other threats made against the Trelawny Parish Court and the Corporate Area Criminal Court. That’s four threats in as many months.
Director of Communications for the Court Management Services, CMS, Kadiesh Fletcher, says they’ll not speculate as to the motive of the calls. She says the threats are an additional burden to an already backlogged court system.
However, Ms. Fletcher says the CMS has done its best to keep up with case loads despite the delays.
Meanwhile, Head of the Constabulary’s Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, C-TOC, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, Fitz Bailey, says the police are probing the false bomb threats.
He says the police take every threat against the judiciary seriously.
ACP Bailey says persons can be charged for making such false threats as a matter of public mischief.