establishment of new agencies to boost the law enforcement system will serve to

Establishment of new agencies to boost the law

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establishment of new agencies to boost the law enforcement system will serve to streamline operational efficiency through the better allocation of resources. National Security goes way beyond the simple control and containment of crime and suggests an institutional responsibility whereby the Government is entrusted with the task of creating an environment which ensures public safety and national peace through the maintenance of law and order. Creating a modern legal system goes hand in hand with the determination of an appropriate legislative framework to meet our future development needs. Strategic Initiatives/Actions 3.1 Improving service delivery through e-Government Electronic government (e-government) is an integral component for building performance in and delivery of government services. The development and implementation of an e-government strategy is a critical pre-requisite to expand the provision of online access to government information and services, thereby reducing customer waiting time. 3.2 Establish customer service standards Continuous improvement to service delivery will be implemented through a Service Delivery Improvement Programme throughout the Public Service. It is aimed at developing a more responsive, efficient and effective Public Service. 3.3 Provide modern office accommodation and facilities A healthy and safe environment can increase worker satisfaction and productivity. To this end, modern facilities will be provided in order to meet these organisational needs, improve service delivery of Ministries and Departments and ensure a modern, safe and clean environment for the general public accessing services at these institutions. Strategic Initiatives/Actions 4.1 Promote independence of the Judiciary The financial autonomy of the Judiciary would allow the institution to manage its own resources, projects and programmes, including the responsibility for procurement and construction of judicial facilities. This will enable to Judiciary to be more responsive and effective in fulfilling its mandate. 4.2 Ensure equity in the administration of the criminal justice system The Sentencing Commission will be operationalised to promote a consistent approach to the sentencing of offenders; the Remand Court will be established to reduce the amount of cases on remand; and the public offender office will be established to adjudicate offences committed by juveniles.
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Strategic Initiatives/Actions 4.3 Reduce the burden on the courts system Several initiatives will be undertaken to reduce the burden on the court system: allowing lay magistrates to address minor offences, such as minor traffic offences, instead of magistrates; constructing additional multipurpose judicial complexes in key town centres; implementing the Coroner’s Court; transferring the Magistracy’s responsibility for the issuance of licences for bars, dancehalls, etc., from the Magistrates’ Court to the Regional Corporations: and expanding the use of video-conferencing and electronic recording of statements in the High Court.
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