Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Mark Golding, says a suggestion from Portfolio Minister, Delroy Chuck, that judges dispose of cases which have been before the courts for five years or more would amount to an unwelcome intrusion on the justice system.
Delroy Chuck says it’s unfair for an accused person to be going to court for more than five years in pursuit of justice.
He’s calling for protracted cases to be disposed of after five years, unless there are reasonable grounds for the matter to remain on the court list.
But Mark Golding is opposed to the idea.
Senator Golding says Minister Chuck should seek to legislate a time limit for the retention of matters on court list.
Senator Golding says an arbitrary case disposal timeline of five years, could be manipulated by persons charged with major offences before the courts.