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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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Justices of the Peace Urged to be Ethical

Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, has charged the parish’s justices of the peace (JPs) to be ethical in the performance of their duties and avoid actions that bring the office into disrepute. He urged the JPs not to recommend anyone by filling out forms or vouch…

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Justice Minister Calls on JPs to Be Role Models

Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck, has charged Justices of the Peace (JPs) to be role models in their communities in order to pass on good values to the youth of Jamaica. Minister Chuck was speaking at a training session for JPs held at the Sandals Montego Bay Resort…

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Novelette Grant to Receive Order of Distinction

Thirty-seven year veteran of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), retired Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Novelette Grant, is among the 130 Jamaicans who will be recognised with a national honour this year for their exceptional contributions to the development of the country. Ms. Grant, is to receive the Order of…

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Work Advancing on Justice Centres

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, address a JIS Think Tank on September 26.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government is making significant progress in the establishment of justice centres in all 14 parishes. The Minster, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on September 26, said that five facilities have already opened in Portland, St. Ann, Trelawny, Westmoreland and St.…

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Legal Aid Council Hosts Justice Fair in Allman Town

Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner (right), listens to Allman Town resident, Sylvia Rowe (left), at a justice fair in the community on September 28. At centre is Legal Consultant, Shara-Kay Dacres-Moore.

As part of its outreach efforts to ensure that Jamaicans in various communities across the island have access to legal services and information, the Legal Aid Council hosted another justice fair, today (September 28), in Allman Town, Kingston. Several government agencies were on hand to render crucial services to residents,…

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Chief Justice Commits to First-world Standards in Three Years

Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner (centre), greets Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes (right), as the Chief Justice visits the Council’s booth at the Judiciary of Jamaica National Public Education Symposium, held at the Clarendon Parish Court in May Pen on Thursday, September 27. At right is attorney-at-law, Ted Palmer.

Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, has given his commitment to raise the standards in the justice system to First World in three years. Delivering the main address at the Judiciary of Jamaica’s National Public Education Symposium and Expo, held on the grounds of the Clarendon Parish Court, in May Pen, Clarendon,…

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More Cases Being Completed in the Courts

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting improvement in the completion of cases brought before the nation’s courts since the start of this year. He said statistics indicate that for the first six months of 2018, an average of 90 of every 100 cases that came in during the…

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