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A few days ago we mentioned Soulette Gray’s proposal for another Legal Information Institute.

The Justice Department in Jamaica released a comprehensive paper on the reform of the justice system which included this recommendation:

The Task Force proposes that a Jamaica Legal Information Institute be established as an agency of the Ministry of Justice in order to increase accessibility to legal materials in a timely and effective manner. The Canadian Legal Information Institute can serve as a model for this initiative.

And a big round of applause to the Canadian Bar Association for their assistance to the entire project.

As the Jamaica Gleaner noted this morning:

According to Professor Barry Chevannes, a number of participants contended that the justice system was too complicated and too expensive.

Other issues highlighted by members of the public include the inaccessibility of legal information and legal assistance; justice system actors and institutions are not fully accountable, and the language of the courts is too complex and in some cases archaic.

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