Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is hailing a significant reduction backlog of cases in the nation’s Courts.

Minister Chuck says current trends in the Parish and Gun Courts indicate clearance rates of over 90%.

The Minister made the announcement while making his contribution to the 2021/22 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

Minister Chuck told the House that the Gun Court was on track to be up to date with all cases by December of this year.

He says less than 10% of active cases in the Civil Division of the Parish Court will be in backlog.

The Minister told the sitting that the current trends in disposing of cases within 12 months, places Jamaica well ahead of the international standard for case management and clear up.

Minister Chuck is also hailing the progress being made in the Home Circuit Court.

He says the country is on track to meet its targets of delivering a high standard of justice to Jamaicans.

Meanwhile, the Justice Minister is urging judges to use harsh sentences to send a strong message to would be criminals in cases where egregious crimes are committed.

He was making his contribution to the Sectoral Debates in the House of Representatives today.

He says lenient sentences raise concern among members of the public.

The Justice Minister notes that each case should be examined on its own merit.

And he says some cases in which there is a guilty plea, there should be concessions for offenders, including reduced sentences.

But he says egregious crimes should attract severe penalties.

Delroy Chuck, Justice Minister, making his contribution to the Sectoral Debates in the House of Representatives today.