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Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte (right), converses with Solicitor General, Nicole Foster-Pusey (left), and Deputy Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Dunstan Bryan, at the launch of a technical training programme for attorneys in central government at the Ministry of Justice.
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Story Highlights

  • During 2018, the Ministry of Justice continued its thrust to create a sound court infrastructure, in keeping with the Justice Reform Implementation Plan (JRIP).
  • • Over $1.4 billion was allocated for capital development, which included construction, refurbishment and rehabilitation of justice institutions.
  • • Three new justice centres were opened in Westmoreland, Trelawny and St. Mary, bringing to five the number of parishes that now have these facilities.

During 2018, the Ministry of Justice continued its thrust to create a sound court infrastructure, in keeping with the Justice Reform Implementation Plan (JRIP).

Improved Infrastructure
• Over $1.4 billion was allocated for capital development, which included construction, refurbishment and rehabilitation of justice institutions.

• Three new justice centres were opened in Westmoreland, Trelawny and St. Mary, bringing to five the number of parishes that now have these facilities.

Major Infrastructural Works 

• Reopening of the Court of Appeal in downtown Kingston, which was refurbished at a cost of just over $845 million.

• Road rehabilitation works at the Trelawny Justice Centre valued $17.6 million.

The newly expanded Court of Appeal building located on King Street in downtown Kingston.

• Refurbishing of the St. Ann Parish Court at a cost of $26.8 million.
• Retrofitting work for re-establishment of the Family Court Attendance Centre at a cost of $50.7 million.

JPs Trained

• 503 Justices of the Peace (JPs) in St. Andrew, St. Ann, Trelawny, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, St. Catherine and Portland completed training.
• 2,334 JPs were sensitised at special sessions.

Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte (right), converses with Solicitor General, Nicole Foster-Pusey (left), and Deputy Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Dunstan Bryan, at the launch of a technical training programme for attorneys in central government at the Ministry of Justice.

 

Making Justice Services More Accessible
• 753 criminal cases were expunged.
• The Mobile Justice Unit provided services to 3,543 persons in 186 communities.

Human Trafficking

• 20 investigations were initiated and 15 raids carried out by law enforcement officers, resulting in six victims being rescued, three being placed in shelters and one repatriated to country of origin.

• Two persons were convicted while one was upheld on appeal.

• Jamaica made history as the first Caribbean country to adopt the Blue Heart Campaign, with the launch of the Jamaica UN Blue Heart Campaign.