Swift trials for serious crimes this year, says Chuck

Observer staff reporter

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Serious crimes, such as murder, will receive priority attention in the justice system, Minister Delroy Chuck told new justices of peace (JPs) on Wednesday.

“Certainly this year we are going to concentrate on a number of crimes, really serious ones — the murders, the drugs, the illegal possession of firearms, extortions, lotto scamming. So when we find and charge those criminals, within weeks and months they must be tried and put away, if necessary,” the justice minister announced at an installation ceremony for 77 JPs for the parish of St James at the Seventh-day Adventist Church West Jamaica Conference.

According to Chuck, resources will be provided immediately in the budget “so that when anyone this year believes that they can remain as criminals they will get their justice within months, and that is what we will be looking for”.

He said he will be asking Cabinet for even more resources to help the justice system deal more swiftly with cases.

He was, however, quick to note that the backlog of cases will not be ignored.

“That does't mean that the backlog of cases will not be dealt with. They will be dealt with, but we have to select some crimes and hit the criminals hard in the face right away so that criminals get the message... you not getting away,” Chuck said.

He noted that even as the Government must lead the charge to tame the vicious crime monster, all hands should be on deck.

“Many measures will be put in place that will be announced because the criminals cannot be allowed to take over this country,” Chuck said.

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