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#SectoralDebate: Outdated court fines being reviewed, says Chuck

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the Legal Reform Department of Government is reviewing more than 600 pieces of legislation to update fines that have not been updated to reflect current monetary values.

Chuck said the review would be fast-tracked as some of the legislation had never been touched and still included outdated units of measurement like pounds, acres, and feet.
The issue of outdated fines was thrown into public debate recently when Tesha Miller, alleged leader of the Klansman Gang, was sentenced to $100 for making a false declaration to an immigration official.

Parish Judge Sancia Burrell called the maximum sentence she was allowed to give in that matter "embarrassing" and said Parliament should deal with the issue.

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