6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Chief Justice promises faster divorces
  2. PM agrees to tweak SOE regulations
  3. Man fatally shot in August Town gun attack
  4. Reputed gangster shot dead
  5. Maintenance causes disruptions for NWC customers
  6. Chuck rebukes High Court judge over death squad comment

1. Chief Justice promises faster divorces

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, seeking to underscore that it won’t be business as usual in the nation’s court system, has announced that come September, it should take weeks, not years, to complete divorce cases and validate wills. Sykes also announced plans to change the way cases are listed in the criminal courts as part of the strategy to reduce the backlog of cases crippling the courts. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. PM agrees to tweak SOE regulations

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has acquiesced to a proposal by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips that some provisions in the regulations governing states of public emergency should be adjusted. This is to make it clear that certain powers given to the minister of national security can only be exercised upon the advice of the heads of the security forces or the competent authority. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Man fatally shot in August Town attack

Member of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern Fayval Williams is calling for residents of August Town to support the government’s latest crime-fighting initiative, Jamaica Eye, as part of efforts to curb the violence in the area. Jamaica Eye, which was launched recently, is a network of closed-circuit television aimed at tackling crime. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. Reputed gangster shot dead

Uriel ‘Rooksie’ James, the reputed leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang has been shot dead. Police sources say his body was discovered in a car in St Andrew in the vicinity of Dunrobin. No further detail was immediately available. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Maintenance causes disruptions for NWC customers

Customers in several communities across the Corporate Area will have their regular water service disrupted as the National Water Commission (NWC) undertakes system maintenance works. The NWC has advised that work will begin as part of its ongoing non-revenue water-reduction programme being carried out with co-management partners Miya International. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Chuck rebukes High Court judge over death squad comment

A High Court judge has prompted a sharp rebuke from Justice Minister Delroy Chuck for threatening to toss out three of the so-called police death squad cases that have stalled in the courts. This because of the Government’s refusal to pay the attorneys representing the accused cops. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.