Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, has outlined a number of measures the government will be taking to fix what he describes as the country’s ‘ailing’ justice system.
This follows the end of the so-called ‘X-6 murder trial’ yesterday which has sparked intense debate about weaknesses in the country’s justice system and the crisis of confidence it’s facing.
The outcome, and indeed, the entire course of the brief X-6 murder trial has renewed debate about the deficiencies of the country’s justice system.
In a statement this afternoon, Minister Chuck noted developments over the past 24 hours have once again fueled a national discussion on the justice system
Minister Chuck says before the end of this fiscal year, the government will be implementing several measures to facilitate witnesses giving statements.
He says three mobile units will be equipped to facilitate witnesses giving statements remotely.
The Justice Minister says another 20 mobile units will be added to the fleet before the end of this fiscal year.
He says video-link technology has been installed in two of our courts – the Half-Way- Tree and Supreme Courts.
This, to facilitate witnesses who cannot be physically present in the court.
He says digital audio recording equipment has also been installed in some court rooms.
71 additional court rooms and seven hearing rooms will also be outfitted with digital audio recording equipment.
Minister Chuck says the country’s justice system has been largely neglected.
But he’s seeking to assure that the government views justice as a priority. And is determined to fix the ailing system with a ‘sense of urgency’.
He says the unyielding cry for justice in the country demands an urgent response.