JIS News

Custos of St. James, Clarence Nelson has lauded the contribution of Lay Magistrates to the country’s justice system.
Custos Nelson, who was speaking at the St. James Lay Magistrates Association’s annual general meeting held on July 28 at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay, pointed to the importance of training to the work of the Justices of the Peace.
He lauded the significant contributions made by late Justice Noel Irving, noting that he dedicated much of his time and efforts in ensuring that justices were knowledgeable about their roles in office.
“I want this to be on record that Justice Noel Irving did us all very proud and gave us yeoman service during his time. He has left behind a legacy in terms of a manual for Justices, which covers all aspects of the jurisdictions of Justices of the Peace. We therefore thank Justice Irving for his invaluable contribution to the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica”, Custos Nelson pointed out.
Turning to other matters, the Custos observed that there were JPs who have continued to “bring disgrace and dishonour to the good office” by charging for their services.
“The JP is under obligation to serve and must continue to do so graciously and with a smile. We have some very bad JPs in the mix . we have JPs in Montego Bay charging up to $4,000.00 for services rendered – opening office like lawyers in the mornings.
“This is bad because you have all vowed to serve and should not be charging, as this is against the law. There are many JPs who are non-performers and these in the long run will have their titles revoked under the law”, Custos Nelson stressed.