Jamaican Government planning to train more dispute resolution mediators

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck

The Government is looking to train more alternative dispute resolution mediators.

This, according to Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, forms part of plans to significantly reduce the backlog of court cases.

“Justice must be delivered in a timely way.”

— Chuck

“The way in which fewer cases can go to the courts is for us to use alternative dispute resolution. Therefore, the Ministry will be pushing [for] the training of trainers in mediation because we need more mediators across the island. I will continue to go across the different parishes to ensure that, in every community, we can resolve disputes in a timely manner… using alternative dispute resolution,” he said, while noting that key stakeholders, such as lay magistrates, have pivotal roles to play.

“We must [be able to] show results… and for our local and international partners and all of Jamaica to see results, it means that justice must be delivered in a timely way,” he said.

The Minister was speaking at a training seminar for judges and lay magistrates, dubbed ‘Train the Trainer Session: Lay Magistrates’ Court’, at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St James, on Saturday, September 28.