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  • The graduates successfully completed training in the Deputy Clerks Qualifying Course, Diploma in Paralegal Studies, and Certificate in Introduction to Computer Applications.
  • Justice McCalla said she was impressed with the size of enrolment in the deputy clerks’ course.
  • The Chief Justice also charged the graduates to maintain integrity, honesty, and courtesy on and off the job.

Human resource capability in the justice system has been enhanced following the graduation of 40 personnel from the Justice Training Institute (JTI) on December 12.

The graduates successfully completed training in the Deputy Clerks Qualifying Course, Diploma in Paralegal Studies, and Certificate in Introduction to Computer Applications.

At the graduation ceremony held at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church hall in St. Andrew, where the participants proudly collected their certificates, Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla, congratulated them, pointing out that the justice system stands to benefit significantly from their hard work.

“I am pleased to note that you have all made yourselves available to participate in the various areas. You have taken a significant step towards enhancing and building your capacity to contribute to the administration of justice in our country,” she stated.

Justice McCalla said she was impressed with the size of enrolment in the deputy clerks’ course, noting that the participants were drawn from various courts.

“Deputy clerks have been the backbone of many Resident Magistrates courts over the years and they have contributed significantly to the smooth running of the court system. In fact, in many cases, many newly qualified attorneys-at-law entering the court system as clerks of court have benefitted from the vast experience of these officers,” she noted.

She added that they have “tremendous responsibilities and an important role to continue to play in our court system. Some of you may have to prosecute various cases involving financial crimes and other criminal cases involving the use of technology.”

She said they should, therefore, become aware of the “sophisticated methods being employed by criminals in our country, who, with the use of technology, are partnering with international elements in the execution of their unlawful activities.”

The Chief Justice also charged the graduates to maintain integrity, honesty, and courtesy on and off the job.

“Armed with your new knowledge and skills, go forth then and aim to become pioneers, forward thinkers and assist in implementing some of the new initiatives being introduced for the improved service delivery in our courts,” she added.

The ceremony included the award of prizes to top trainees, with the ‘Best All-Round Performer’ award going to Verna McGaw, who participated in the paralegal course.

JTI, the training arm of the Ministry of Justice, was established by an Act of Parliament in July 1997.

Its overarching mandate is to provide training and staff development activities of the highest quality to meet needs, and build the capacity of the justice sector in accordance with international standards.