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Jamaicans Encouraged to Think First-Class

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is appealing for Jamaicans to start thinking first class. He said that “Jamaica will never achieve first-world status unless our people start thinking first class. We can only build a good society and a great nation if our people are good and think greatly.”…

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Strategic Plan for Courts Being Designed

A strategic plan for courts is being designed as part of efforts to strengthen and modernise the country’s justice system. Speaking at a training seminar for Justices of the Peace (JPs), at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 3, Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, informed that the plan will be…

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Cabinet Submission on Human Rights Institute Completed

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Cabinet submission to set up the National Human Rights Institute has been completed. The Institute will complement the existing network of institutions that are mandated to protect the rights of nationals. Mr. Chuck said the Government remains committed to advancing the human rights…

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Contract Signed for Public Wi-Fi in Courts

The Ministry of Justice has signed a contract with technology firm Growth-Tech Limited for the supply of wi-fi modems in all courthouses across Jamaica and the provision of wireless internet. The service, scheduled for implementation in the first quarter of 2019, will enable free wi-fi access for persons, who use…

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Senate Approves Extension of State of Public Emergency in St. James

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, addresses today's (October 19) sitting of the Senate. At left is Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.

The Senate on Friday (October 19) approved the Emergency Powers (Continuance) (No.4) Resolution 2018, which will extend the State of Public Emergency (SOE) in the parish of St. James until January 31, 2019. Seventeen members of the Senate voted in favour of the Motion. There was one abstention, while three…

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Permanent Secretary Carol Palmer Receives Pinnacle Award

Serving for 13 years in the Ministry of Justice and over a decade dedicated to the fight against human trafficking, Permanent Secretary, Carol Ann Palmer, CD, epitomises the creed, ‘service above self’. Her receipt of the ‘Pinnacle Award’, given by the US Embassy’s Stakeholder Appreciation and Recognition Awards (SARA) Committee…

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Drug Courts Making an Impact

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Drug Treatment Courts across the island are making an impact in transforming the lives of drug-dependent offenders. He cited the 2017 report from the drug court in Manchester, which pointed to “improvement in the participants’ behaviour as the court authorities monitor their…

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Sale of Marriage Licences Up

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says tourism has contributed to an increase in the sale of marriage licences. Speaking at the Ministry’s quarterly press briefing on October 11, the Minister noted that a total of 4,943 marriage licences were approved by the Ministry of Justice’s Criminal, Civil and Family…

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Ministry of Justice offers HOPE Interns Second Chance Through Employment

Ten (10) of the twenty-two (22) HOPE Interns assigned to the Ministry of Justice under the Government of Jamaica’s Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme will no longer be considered “unattached youth”, as they have been offered permanent positions of employment by the Ministry of Justice. Speaking at a…

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Violence Adding to Burden of Courts – Justice Minister

With violence-related cases clogging the courts, the Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, wants more persons to make use of dispute resolution avenues in order to settle disagreements. He says there is a propensity to resolve conflicts with violence, which is adding to the burden of the courts. “People are…

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Contract Signed for Reconstruction of Family Court Attendance Centre

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Carol Palmer, today (October 11), signed a $50.7-million contract for the re-construction of the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court Attendance Centre. The Centre, which was destroyed by fire on December 30, 2015, will be located at the…

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More Guilty Pleas in the Courts

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Courts have been getting more guilty pleas, which has freed up resources. “The statistics have shown that the largest proportion of matters completed in the first six months was by way of guilty pleas, that is, 62.2 per cent of matters being…

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Technical Training Programme for Government Attorneys

The Attorney General’s Department has launched a technical training programme for attorneys in central government, which is focused on the centralisation of legal services. The training, which emphasises technical core competencies, leadership and team-building skills, got underway on Wednesday (October 10) at Ministry of Justice’s Constant Spring Road offices in…

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Government to Tighten Warrant System for Traffic Violators

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government will be tightening the system for the issuing of arrest warrants for traffic violations. Speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 9), he noted that of the 65,195 new cases which were listed in the Corporate Area Traffic Court…

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JPs Urged to Refrain from Verifying Documents of Persons They Do Not Know

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has reiterated his appeal for Justices of the Peace (JPs) to refrain from verifying the documents of persons they do not know. Minister Chuck, who was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, said the act of falsely verifying documents affects the integrity of…

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Significant Improvement in Case Disposal Rates in the Courts

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting significant improvement in the case-disposal rates of the Courts. Citing the Chief Justice’s Statistics Reports for the Parish Courts of Jamaica for the period January-June 2018, Mr. Chuck said the Corporate Area Criminal Court and Westmoreland Parish Court had the highest disposal…

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