3.8.3.The justice system is a key component for the delivery of governance and the reassurance of the citizenry about the value of equity and fair play. Decay in the system throws governance out of kilter and fosters corruption.
3.8.4. Some of the key signposts are:
Action: Redesign the office of the Chief Justice to be both the judicial head and the executive/administrative head of the judicial arm. Provide adequate resources to the office and ensure that the office holder is accountable to Parliament.
Justification: A symbolic start of a fundamental nature needs to be made. In addition these efforts should be used as case studies as the basis of a thorough, in-depth study that needs to be done prior to the overhaul of the entire system.
Action: Review the existing system in terms of rationalizing it to improve the infrastructure and the facilities in a select number of Courts; improve staffing and changes to recruitment policy and principles to effectively and efficiently deliver justice to Jamaica.
Justification: The justice system has never been reviewed. Also, the traditional approach to staffing will be unable to meet the kind of dynamic changes that are required in the justice system. Both the recruitment policy and the internal re-training policy need overhaul.
Action: Review the DPP’s office to ensure that it is properly staffed with the number and quality of persons needed. The review should look at effectiveness, staffing, resources, and systems of accountability.
Justification: Recent events have shown how urgent the need is.
Action: Enhance judicial independence by removing the Judiciary from the Ministry of Justice.
Justification: The Judiciary should not just in theory be a separate and independent arm of the State. If in real terms it is dependent on the legislative and executive arms, it is greatly handicapped in carrying out its constitutional function.
Action: Ensure that the courts are manned by their own cadre of officers who are answerable to the Chief Justice.