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Jamaican Ministry seeks to reduce case backlog through dispute resolution

December 12, 2009

“We have asked for weekly reports
from the courts. We started in August, and when we look at what is
coming, we are having in the region of 3,000 cases per week not being
heard in the courts,” he explained.

However, Mr. Rainford noted that
the thrust towards sending more cases for mediation to the Foundation,
has been helping with the fair and timely resolution of some.

The Justice Ministry has also
partnered with the DRF to train 50 Justices of the Peace and community
leaders in Restorative Justice. The Ministry is now trying to recruit a
national technical advisor for the programme.

“This person will help to drive
the Restorative Justice programme in the Ministry of Justice, and we
need somebody who has that interest. We have been facing challenges in
identifying such a person. We have gone overseas and we are looking as
wide as possible to see if we can find that candidate,” Mr. Rainford
told the AGM.

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