Community Leaders Urged to Apply to Justice Ministry for Training

Photo: Rudranath Fraser Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck (left), points out something in a document to Justice of the Peace and Principal of Mount Fletcher Primary School in Mavis Bank, St. Andrew, Marcia Tait Burke (centre) and Senior Teacher at the school Suzette Miller Hylton. Occasion was a sensitisation session on justice services held at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices on November 11.

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  • Teachers, pastors, Justices of the Peace (JPs) and community leaders are being encouraged to apply to the Justice Ministry for training in mediation and Restorative Justice (RJ) practices.
  • The urging came from Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, at a justice services sensitisation session held at his Constant Spring Road offices on November 11.
  • He informed that training offered by the Justice Ministry in mediation is done over a two-week programme, whereas training in restorative justice is conducted over two days.

Teachers, pastors, Justices of the Peace (JPs) and community leaders are being encouraged to apply to the Justice Ministry for training in mediation and Restorative Justice (RJ) practices.

The urging came from Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, at a justice services sensitisation session held at his Constant Spring Road offices on November 11.

Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes without the need for the matter to go to court, whereas RJ focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.

“These are simple skills that can be used in your community, not only to resolve disputes and conflicts, but also to heal some of the wounds and to ensure that there is greater peace, order and discipline across our communities,” Mr. Chuck said.

He informed that training offered by the Justice Ministry in mediation is done over a two-week programme, whereas training in restorative justice is conducted over two days. “I hope that all of you will make yourself available to be trained,” he said.

Minister Chuck noted that mediators can be utilised in the courts, police stations, schools and churches. “You should be able to identify problems that fester and arise right around you and see how you can assist,” he pointed out.

He contended that with more mediators there will be a reduction in criminal cases, which clog the court system, and less burden on the Justice Ministry to provide more courts.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck reiterated his call for more teachers and pastors to come forward and offer their services as JPs. He said he would like to see a doubling of the number of JPs across the island to promote civil and decent behaviour among the citizenry.

He also sent a stern warning to those who operate in contravention of the rules governing their office that they will be decommissioned.

The series of sensitisation sessions are being held to increase awareness of the various services offered by the Justice Ministry.

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