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Feb 19, 2016

Why is there a Serious Backlog in the Justice System?

Jacqueline Marshalleck

There is a critical backlog in the justice system and while it’s nothing new, it seems to be getting much worse. It has become commonplace for accused criminals to spend up to five years on remand before their Court session is called. As you can imagine, that causes no end of problem at every level of prosecution. The Bar Association has weighed in on this backlog on multiple occasions, but with limited or no success. Today, Bar Association President Jacqueline Marshalleck told News Five that it is a concern, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.   


Jacqueline Marshalleck, President, Bar Association

“I can say that it is of concern to the Bar Association. Last year and the year before, the Bar Association was involved in a project that’s call the Prison project and we were part of an exercise where attorneys went into the prison and we were assisted by external organizations. We went into the prison to document who were there basically: persons who were on remand, juveniles who might have been on remand, persons who had disabilities or perhaps some sort of mental diagnosis that might have been on remand. And following out from that, there has been an exercise where everyone who, I guess—I wanna be politically correct in terms of how you would refer to persons who have those mental issues—but there was an exercise intended to take them out of the prison environment and to get them proper medication and to put them in institutions where they can be better assisted. We’ve now moved on to the juveniles and I know that there are attorneys who have been involved in doing bail applications for juveniles at the prison. So we had actually—and I shouldn’t call their names because I don’t want to leave anybody out—but they actually documented all the juveniles and prepared bail applications for every single juvenile that was in the prison. It was only a matter of paying small fees to get those matters filed and heard. So the next step would be to move on to persons who are on remand. The issue we struggle with in dealing with that truthfully is having sufficient representation in criminal matters.”

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1 Response for “Why is there a Serious Backlog in the Justice System?”

  1. Marie says:

    Small cases need to be heard immediately, to make way for big cases. Police also need to do a good job in investigation and keeping evidence. Most importantly, show up when the case is called.

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