Persons Can Now Access Information at AGC

Photo: Donald De La Haye Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte (seated left), receives help from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Web Developer/Designer, Alex Lewis (left, standing), in navigating the newly launched website at the Attorney General’s Chambers on Oxford Road, in New Kingston on June 1. Others are Manager of Computer Services at the JIS, André Allen and Solicitor General, Nicole Foster-Pusey.

Story Highlights

  • Persons wishing to gather vital information from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) can now do so through the agency’s website (agc.gov.jm), which was launched on June 1.
  • The Attorney General also noted that the website is necessary, as the previous link on the website of the Ministry of Justice did not “allow for the provision of the indepth information that members of the public are looking for”.
  • The website features a history of the Attorney General’s Chambers, a list of the previous Attorneys General and Solicitors General, senior members of staff and laws passed within the last five years, among other features.

KINGSTON, June 1 (JIS):

Persons wishing to gather vital information from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) can now do so through the agency’s website (agc.gov.jm), which was launched on June 1.

Speaking to JIS News following the launch, Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, said the website’s availability represents steps taken by the AGC to get more persons to better understand the roles and functions of the department.

“We get a lot of requests for information. Persons are curious. In this age of information, communication and technology, people want to know (what we do). If you do not have a website, you really are not saying anything,” Mrs. Malahoo Forte said.

The Attorney General also noted that the website is necessary, as the previous link on the website of the Ministry of Justice did not “allow for the provision of the indepth information that members of the public are looking for”.

Meanwhile, Solicitor General, Nicole Foster-Pusey, expressed gratitude to the stakeholders involved, noting that the website was highly anticipated by the staff and, by extension, members of the public.

She said that an organisation such as the AGC, which is responsible for providing legal advice to the Government, must have a website for the public to be aware of its roles and responsibilities.

For her part, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Justice, Grace Ann McFarlane, said the website represents a milestone in offering quality and authoritative information to the public.

 

She emphasised that technology should be used as an enabler of justice and not for committing crimes.

The new website, which was designed by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), was conceptualised by a staff member at the AGC. The JIS was then invited to make a proposal, and a contract was signed in 2015 to facilitate its development.

The website features a history of the Attorney General’s Chambers, a list of the previous Attorneys General and Solicitors General, senior members of staff and laws passed within the last five years, among other features.

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