JIS News

Custos of St. James, Clarence Nelson has called on the Justice Ministry to assign more court-related responsibilities to Justices of the Peace (JPs), noting that they could preside over minor traffic cases.
“Probably the time has come to suggest that the minor traffic cases be given to the Lay Magistrates.I think it would be good value for money,” he stated, as he addressed the graduation ceremony for participants in the Justice Training Institute’s Financial Crimes Investigators course held on August 18 at the Wyndham Rose-Hall Resorts and Country Club in St. James.
He pointed out, that the JPs were fully equipped to handle the additional responsibility, as not only were they better educated than in previous years, but they have benefited from court-related training programmes organized by the Justice Ministry.
Using England as an example, he said that JPs in that country administered at the level “of what we have as our Resident Magistrates court in Jamaica”.
Mr. Nelson noted, that with the increased training being given to JPs, “it would be good if the pace of increasing their responsibilities be quickened”.