Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says he will be taking a submission to Cabinet for persons who plead guilty to be eligible for expungement after a period of rehabilitation.
Chuck, who was speaking with reporters following a Judicial Education Confernece in Trelawny yesterday said whether persons serve a term of imprisonment they also should be eligible for expungement.
”Let us they they had a ten year prison sentence and they served the ten years, then maybe after 15 or 20 years when they commit no further crime in the community, they could be eligible for expungement. At the moment we have doezens of persons who would like their sentences expunged but the type of crimes committed are not expungible . I would like to go on record and to promote it in Jamaica that virtually all crimes are expungible unless in fact the person has been sentenced to life imprisonment,” the Justice Minister said.
Supreme Court judges and other members of the judiciary were among those who attended the conference.
The Justice Minister also reiterated that case management should help reduce the backlog of cases in the court system, adding that he hopes the conference will result in cases being disposed of more quickly.