Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, on Tuesday afternoon, opened debate on two bills which are intended to empower judges to order victims who’ve suffered loss or damage to be immediately compensated at the end of a criminal trial.
The bills are: the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act 2017 and the Indictment Amendment Act 2017.
The Justice Minister told parliament that the move to empower judges to order compensation in certain circumstances is intended to reduce the number of cases in the civil court.
Minister Chuck says the bills are also intended to allow for more cases to be decided by a judge alone.
They’ll also allow for the trial of multiple offenses on one indictment.
Meanwhile, Minister Chuck called on stakeholders to, if possible, find alternative means to settle disputes outside of the formal court system.
He says there are now more than 2,000 cases before the Circuit Court.
Debate on the bills was suspended until next week.