More pressure is being applied to members of the judiciary over the duration of sentences being handed down to criminals convicted for serious offences.

A strident Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, says judges need to hand down sentences that can deter criminality.

The Justice Minister says the time for light sentences is over.

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Minister Chuck says all the actors in the justice system, including Justices of the Peace, will have to stand up and be counted.

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Minister Chuck was addressing an installation ceremony for Justices of the Peace yesterday at the West Jamaica Convention Centre in St James.