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New Database Supporting Jamaica’s Fight Against Human Trafficking

The Integrated Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Information System and Database is supporting law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking in Jamaica. Jointly developed by the Ministry of Justice and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in August 2015, the system is designed to improve data collection, analysis, and sharing in support…

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Parenting Support Programme Launched in West Central St. James

Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, has launched a parenting support programme in West Central St. James, for which she is the Member of Parliament. The initiative aims to better enable parents and other residents to build strong families capable of providing the necessary foundations to support their children’s growth…

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Justice Minister Emphasises Importance of Principled Policing

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says combining the concept of principled policing with the practice of restorative justice, can help to reduce acts of misconduct by State agents, such as the police. The Minister notes that this can be done through an analysis and adoption of the main goals of…

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Transfer of Forensic Files to be Improved

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck.

The Government is putting in place measures to have more efficient completion and transfer of forensic files, for improved processing of court cases. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, indicates that the Commissioner of Police has agreed to have a liaison officer placed within the court system to facilitate the…

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Retired Judges to be Rehired

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says a submission has been made to Cabinet to seek approval to amend the Constitution to allow for retired judges to offer their services. He made this disclosure recently during an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’. “We…

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Courts to be Equipped with Modern Technology

The Government is seeking to equip the nation’s courts with the relevant technology as part of measures to increase efficiency. During a recent interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’, Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, said the main parish courts and all the supreme…

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20,000 At-Risk Youth Benefit From CSJP

Member of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) Men with a Message advocacy group, Jermaine Austin, addresses young people who benefitted from a CSJP summer school workshop in 2015.

Over 20,000 at-risk youth have benefitted from the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP). The group is defined as young people who have factors in their lives or experienced events that lead them to engage in behaviours that are harmful to themselves and the society. Communications, and Social Marketing Coordinator…

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Software Upgrade at AGD

Service delivery by the Administrator General’s Department (AGD) is set to improve as a result of a US$696,300 software upgrade. With the Trust and Estate Management System (TEMS), the agency will be replacing its old Trust Administration Software. The new system has the capacity to process all aspects of estate…

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Plea Bargaining Act to be Amended

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck.

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says that changes are to be made to the Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreement) Act in order to make the legislation more effective and to speed up the pace at which justice is delivered to Jamaicans. The Act, which was introduced in 2006, and amended in…

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CCJ President Urges Greater Use of Technology to Reduce Crime

President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, has called for increased use of technology by the police, particularly in Jamaica, to reduce crime. He contends that in Jamaica’s ongoing development of justice reform initiatives, technology must be pivotal in the interventions being considered to fight crime.…

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Justice Ministry to Train Key Stakeholders in Combating Human Trafficking

The Justice Ministry plans to train and equip several key stakeholders with the skills to identify incidence of human trafficking. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says up to 1,000 persons per month will be targeted over the next year. He said they include Justices of the Peace, pastors and teachers,…

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More Protection for Children in Custody Disputes

The Government is seeking to put measures in place to better protect children entangled in custody disputes between parents, particularly in cases of abduction. These measures include strengthening the law which deals with the issue - the Children (Guardianship and Custody) (Amendment) Act , 2016 - which members of the…

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Gov’t Addressing Court Delays

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government is focused on addressing delays in the courts as part of the fight against crime. “My objective is to set certain targets so that we can seek to achieve that. I have absolutely no doubt that no criminal case should stay in…

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Governor-General Proclaims Trafficking in Persons Week

A well needed endorsement came on the heels of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (TIP).  In a proclamation dated July 19, 2016, Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, has declared July 24 – 30 as Jamaica’s Trafficking in Persons Week. The proclamation speaks to the pervasive crime of…

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Debate Begins on Restorative Justice Bill

Debate on a Bill to provide for the implementation of restorative justice procedures in the formal justice system began in the House of Representatives on July 19. The Bill seeks to amend the Criminal Justice (Reform) Act, the Child Care and Protection Act, the Corrections Act and the Parole Rules.…

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Statement to the House of Representatives by Hon. Delroy Chuck

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF JUSTICE TO THE HOUSE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES - ADMINISTRATOR-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2014/2015 It is with great pleasure that I table in this Honourable House of Representatives today the 2014/2015 annual report of the Administrator-General’s Department. Mr. Speaker, the report shows that the Agency achieved most…

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Upper House Passes Amendments to Interpretation Act

The maximum amount of fines that can be imposed by regulations made under Acts of Parliament has been increased to $1 million. This follows the passage of the Interpretation (Amendment) Act, 2016 in the Senate on Friday, July 15. The previous figure, contained in Section 29(b) of the Interpretation Act…

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JPs Urged to be Proactive in Fight Against Crime

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck has challenged Justices of the Peace (JPs), to be proactive in the fight against child abuse, human trafficking and other such acts by being more active in the community. He said many communities are in need of persons of noble ilk who can steer…

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Chief Justice Welcomes Civil Registration Conference

Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, has welcomed the staging of the inaugural Civil Registration and Identity Management Conference in creating a platform for improving how vital data is captured by countries in the Caribbean. “It augurs well for our region to have discussions and share best practices by establishing standardised…

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