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Chuck Urges Mediation to Settle Cases

KINGSTON — Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is urging attorneys to assist their clients to settle matters out of court through mediation and arbitration. Mr. Chuck, who was addressing the 2011 graduating class of the Norman Manley Law School … Continued


House Begins Debate on Bill to Abolish Preliminary Enquiries

KINGSTON — Debate on the Committal Proceedings Act, 2011, which seeks to abolish preliminary enquiries in Resident Magistrate's Courts, began on Tuesday September 20 in the House of Representatives. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who piloted the Bill, noted … Continued


Jamaica Seeking to Update Arbitration Law

KINGSTON — The country could see a draft amendment to the Arbitration Act by the end of September, as chief legislative drafters in the Ministry of Justice are now seeking to make changes to the law, which has not been … Continued


More Judges Appointed to Serve in the Supreme Court

KINGSTON — Five judges were sworn in today (September 15), to serve in the Supreme Court,  by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at King's House. They are: His Honour Frank Williams, Her Honour … Continued


More Judges Appointed to Serve In the Supreme Court

KINGSTON — Five judges were sworn in today September 15, to serve in the Supreme Court, by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at King’s House. They are: His Honour Frank Williams, Her Honour … Continued


Hanover Gets $92m Family Court

MONTEGO BAY — The new Lucea Family Court was officially opened on Thursday August 18, by the Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck. Completion of the courthouse is seen as a “dream come through” for the people of Hanover, … Continued


New Lucea Family Court Opens Next Thursday

KINGSTON — The much anticipated opening of the Lucea Family Court, Hanover, is scheduled for Thursday, August 18. The state-of the-art facility was constructed with funding from the European Union (EU), under its Poverty Reduction Programme II. In an interview … Continued


New Attorney General Sworn In

KINGSTON — Newly-appointed Attorney General, Hon. Ransford Braham, was on August 8 officially sworn into office by Deputy Governor-General, Hon. Steadman Fuller, during a ceremony at King’s House. Mr. Fuller congratulated the veteran Attorney-at-Law on his appointment, noting that the … Continued


Attorney Attacks Dr. Blythe’s Credibility

KINGSTON — Attorney for the Jamaican Redevelopment Foundation (JRF), Sandra Minott-Phillips raised a number of issues regarding former Minister of Water and Housing. Dr. Karl Blythe's credibility as a debtor, as the FINSAC Commission of Enquiry resuming hearings Thursday morning … Continued


PM Golding names Ransford Braham as new Attorney General

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has named Attorney-at-Law Ransford Braham as the new Attorney General who will serve in the position with that office separated from the Ministerial portfolio of Justice. Explaining the decision to separate the responsibilities, Prime Minister Golding said he had done so based on … Continued


Barnett welcomes Charter of Rights

KINGSTON — Attorney-at-Law, Dr. Lloyd Barnett, has described the provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms Bill, as a "big improvement" on the previous Constitutional entitlements of Jamaican citizens. The Charter Bill was debated and passed in the … Continued


Gov’t will continue to increase access to justice

KINGSTON — Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, says that Government will continue to pursue an aggressive legislative agenda as it seeks to increase access to justice for Jamaicans. She cited the recent passage of the … Continued


Justice Ministry Consultant testifies at Coke Enquiry

KINGSTON – Consultant Adviser to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Marcia Beverley, was called back to the witness chair as the Commission of Enquiry into the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke continued at the Jamaica Conference Centre, … Continued


AG says she did not sign away Coke’s rights

KINGSTON – Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, has stated that she sought independent counsel in the extradition of Christopher Coke, due to views in civil society and political circles. The Minister, who was giving her testimony … Continued


CJ says more child friendly justice system needed

The Chief Justice, the Hon Zaila McCalla, has underscored the need for a ‘child friendly’ justice system, guaranteeing effective implementation of children’s rights provisions, at the highest possible level. She contended that this was necessary to ensure that proceedings, involving … Continued


Coke was not treated differently- Lightbourne

Justice Minister and Attorney General, Senator the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne has maintained that she followed due process in the handling of the extradition request for Christopher Coke. She said that she did not treat the case any differently from similar … Continued

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