Saturday 11 July, 2020

Coronavirus: Courts scale down operations from Monday

Operations within the island’s justice system will be scaled down from Monday, March 23 until April 20, while the government tries to grapple with the spread of the coronavirus on the island.

Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, speaking at the daily press conference at Jamaica House on Friday, said Chief Justice Bryan Sykes took the decision after consulting with the Minister of Health and a special committee that he established.

The committee consisted of senior judges, the Director of Public Prosecution, Paula Llewellyn, members of the Jamaica Bar Association and other sectors of the justice system.

During the scaled-down operations, all trials will be postponed. The courts will, however, continue to hear matters of emergency, domestic violence, maintenance payment, issues affecting children and the quarantine act.

The courts will also deal with cases in which a guilty plea will be given.

Individuals on bail must check the designated court or visit the Ministry of Justice’s website for details on when the case will be mentioned.

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