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Restorative/Community Justice Week Starts Sunday

"Restorative and Community Justice: Making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business," is the theme for the celebration of Restorative and Community Justice Week, which starts Sunday, January 31 and ends Friday, February 6. Coordinator of Justice Reform at the Ministry of Justice, Beverley…

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IDB approves $1.9 billion for Citizen Security and Justice programme

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved funding of $1.9 billion (US$21 million) for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) to continue its initiatives and interventions geared towards reducing the level of major crimes and interpersonal violence, for another four years. This was disclosed by Minister of National Security…

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Minister of Justice refuses extradition request for Presley Bingham to the us

The Minister of Justice, Senator Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, has refused the request for the extradition of Presley Bingham to the United States. The Minister refused the request after hearing submissions from the attorneys representing Mr. Bingham and the Director of Public Prosecutions on behalf of the United States government. In…

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Visit ‘Legal Aid Saturday’ this Week-End

The format for "Legal Aid Saturday", scheduled for this Saturday (January 23) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, Kingston, has been finalised. "Legal Aid Saturday" is being staged by the Legal Aid Council, an arm of the Ministry of Justice, to provide free legal advice to Jamaicans from…

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AG Says Gov’t Remains Committed to Justice Transformation

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Senator the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne Q.C., has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to the transformation of Jamaica's justice system. "We are continuing to focus our energy and expertise on a number of projects, programmes and legislations that will positively affect the lives of Jamaicans," she…

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Gov’t Moving to Strengthen Public Confidence in the Justice System

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Robert Rainford, has said that efforts are underway to strengthen public trust and confidence in the justice system, so as to improve the relationship between Government and the people. Mr. Rainford, who was addressing the installation ceremony for 31 new Justices of the…

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Free Advice from Legal Aid Council

The Legal Aid Council, an arm of the Ministry of Justice, will hosts its first ever Legal Aid Saturday, providing free legal advice to Jamaicans from all walks of life in January. The Council will host a three hour-session on January 23, starting at 9 a.m., at the Ranny Williams…

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Ministry Seeks to Reduce Case Backlog through Dispute Resolution

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Robert Rainford, has said that the Ministry is aiming to make significant inroads in reducing the backlog of court cases within the next five years, under the Justice Reform Programme. Speaking at the 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Dispute Resolution Foundation…

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CARICOM Welcomes Jamaica’s Softening on CCJ Issue

Recent moves by Jamaica towards accepting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court, has been hailed as a welcome development and a good way to end the year by CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr. Edwin Carrington. The Secretariat reviewed its accomplishments for the year with the regional media…

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Public Servants Delinquent in Declaring Assets

The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has reported that more than half of all public servants required to make declarations to the Commission have been delinquent. The Commission is mandated to collect and scrutinise statutory declarations of assets, liabilities and income of public servants, who earn more than $3…

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Senate’s Turn to Debate Strata Titles Act

Debate on a Bill seeking to amend the Registration (Strata Titles) Act, passed by the House of Representatives in October, began Friday (November 27) in the Senate. The legislation, which is being piloted by Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, seeks to address several concerns…

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CSME Widens Opportunities for Legal Professionals, Says Chief Justice

The Chief Justice of Jamaica, the Hon Zaila McCalla, has said that the establishment of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) has brought with it greater opportunities for persons in the legal field. "With the advent of globalisation and the emergence of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy, there…

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Over 70 Justice Reform Proposals Already Implemented

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, has said that her Ministry has commenced implementing over 70 recommendations for reformation of the justice system from the Jamaica Justice System Reform Task Force. These recommendations are part of close to 200 which, the Justice Minister says, the Task Force…

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Expansion of Supreme Court and Court of Appeal to be Completed by Early Next Year

The Justice Ministry hopes to complete expansion of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and the Offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), between now and the next financial year, portfolio Minister and Attorney General, Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, has said. This undertaking forms part of the proposed Justice…

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Government Responds to Opposition Statements on Extradition Requests

The Government has refrained from making any detailed public comment regarding the request by the US Government for the extradition of a Jamaican national, Mr. Christopher Coke, to face charges in the United States. This is in keeping with established convention. However, recent statements by the Opposition warrant an appropriate…

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Bill to Reduce Import Fraud Clears Senate

Proposed amendments to the Customs Act, which will reduce opportunities for importers to under invoice or undervalue imports in order to avoid paying full duties, cleared another hurdle Friday (October 23), when the Senate passed the Bill. Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, who piloted the Bill…

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Opposition Leader Welcomes Govt’s Softening on CCJ

Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has given full support to the Charter of Rights Bill, which is being debated in the Lower House. "The Opposition is most heartened that the Government has given a firm signal that they are seriously considering having the Caribbean Court…

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PM Says Government May Re-evaluate CCJ

The Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, indicated last night that the Government may be contemplating re-evaluating its position on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Mr. Golding told last night's Town Hall Meeting in the assembly hall of the University of the West Indies(UWI), Mona, that a number of…

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