Chuck not back­ing down in con­tention with judges

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Bar­bara Gayle Jus­tice Co­or­di­na­tor bar­bara.gayle@glean­erjm.com

JUS­TICE MIN­IS­TER Del­roy Chuck says he is not seek­ing to in­ter­fere with the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary, but is in­sist­ing that he will not back down from calls for judges to hand down judg­ments ex­pe­di­tiously, as lit­i­gants should not take years to know the out­come of cases.

Chuck was re­spond­ing to re­ports that Supreme Court judges are up­set with him for some of the pro­nounce­ments he has been mak­ing, and met yes­ter­day to dis­cuss is­sues af­fect­ing their per­for­mance.

Up to press time, there was no word on the out­come of the meet­ing.

“Let it never be said that I am in­ter­fer­ing with the role of the judges or their in­de­pen­dence,” he told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“When I urge them (judges) to de­liver judg­ments within the six-month time frame, it is be­cause lit­i­gants are quar­relling with me about the time it takes to get judg­ments out of the court and they be­lieve I have some con­trol over the judges, but I don’t,” he said.

How­ever, Chuck said he could see no rea­son why the in­ter­na­tional av­er­age of 30 days to three months for delivery of judg­ments could not be done in Ja­maica.

He said, how­ever, that he was only urg­ing that judg­ments be de­liv­ered within six months.

The min­is­ter pointed out that he had just been in of­fice for seven months and the prob­lems ex­isted long be­fore, but he was “do­ing his best” to fix them.

Mean­while, Chuck said some of the prob­lems judges com­plain about come un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Court Man­age­ment Ser­vices.

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