Retired Judges to be Rehired

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says a submission has been made to Cabinet to seek approval to amend the Constitution to allow for retired judges to offer their services.

He made this disclosure recently during an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.

“We are not going to increase the age of retirement from 70 to 75. What we are saying is that retired judges could be brought on, on a periodic basis, as they are now called upon in other jurisdictions,” Mr. Chuck said.

Making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in June, Mr. Chuck said that if the proposed Constitutional amendment is made, at least 20 judges will be able to continue offering their services and expertise to the judiciary and assist to reduce the backlog over the medium term.

Approximately five judges are due to retire this fiscal year, and a further five over the next two years. This will affect the complement of judges in the system.

 

Source: Jamaica Information Service