Judiciary Records Highest Clearance Rate In First Quarter of 2019


The Court Management Services, CMS, says the Judiciary achieved it’s highest case clearance rate for the January to March quarter this year.

The CMS says information from its statistical unit shows the overall case clearance rate for all parish courts for the quarter was over 103%

It says this is the highest rate recorded since the Unit commenced producing statistics on the performance of courts islandwide in 2016.

Stevian Simmonds tells us more.

CMS says this means that for every 100 new cases filed in the parish courts, approximately 103 were disposed of or completed.

The case clearance rate, which is an index of productivity in the courts, is used to measure the number of cases disposed of for every new case filed in a particular period.

It also takes into account cases which could have originated before the review period.

However, the CMS says the standard to be achieved by each Parish Court on the case clearance rate index, in order to reduce the backlog of criminal cases, is 130%.

That figure is based on the current number of cases before the courts.

Statistics show that the St. Mary Parish Court emerged with the highest clearance rate at over 162%.

This is followed by the Portland parish court with 137% and St. Catherine with at almost 130%.

The CMS also says overall trial date certainty in the first quarter was 82%, up from 79% in the corresponding quarter in 2018.

The Westmoreland, Clarendon, St. Ann, Portland and Trelawny Parish courts had trial date certainty rates of 100% t for the review period.

This is followed by the St. Elizabeth and St. James parish courts with rates of over 90%.

Commenting on the performance of the parish courts for the review period, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, says while there is still a far way to go, based on the latest statistics, Jamaicans should be encouraged and hopeful that the judiciary is on the right track.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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