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  • Cabinet has approved the formal merger of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and the Legal Medicine Unit (LMU) to form a new entity to be named the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine.
  • The merging of the two entities was one of the recommendations made in the Master Rationalization Plan for the Public Sector.
  • Cabinet also approved the placement of the Line Budget and reporting relationship of the new entity directly under the Ministry of National Security as against under the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting says Cabinet, on September 8, 2014, approved the formal merger of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and the Legal Medicine Unit (LMU) to form a new entity to be named the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine.

The merging of the two entities was one of the recommendations made in the Master Rationalization Plan for the Public Sector.

The Forensic Science Lab is responsible for conducting forensic examinations and analyses on all physical evidence submitted by the police and other agencies, while the LMU has responsibility for conducting medico-legal post-mortems.

The LMU will now function as the Department of Pathology in the new entity.

Cabinet also approved the placement of the Line Budget and reporting relationship of the new entity directly under the Ministry of National Security as against under the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

In making the case for the merger, Minister Bunting noted that the positioning of the new entity would place it on a path to greater efficiency in service delivery, as well as enhance the independence of the entity.

The Minister has further advised that the entities, which have been functionally merged since June 2012, will now be assessed to determine the most appropriate organizational form (whether a Department or an Executive Agency) the new organization should assume, in order to enable it to deliver high quality service to support the administration of justice.

It is also expected that the Institute will provide services to the private and public sector, locally and regionally, on an economic recovery basis.

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