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Director and Principal of the Justice Training Institute (JTI), Karen Campbell-Bascoe.
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  • Director and Principal at the JTI, Karen Campbell-Bascoe, tells JIS News that courses that are usually delivered face to face at the JTI’s location, 4 Camp Road in Kingston, have been shifted to online classes.
  • The JTI’s training sessions are usually geared towards persons in the justice system to include court employees, Ministry of Justice personnel as well as JPs. However, some courses, such as the Diploma in Paralegal Studies, are open to the public.
  • “The JTI has a vision to become the premier institution in the Caribbean, offering training for the justice system. As such, with the implementation of the relevant academic and training programmes we continuously enable a more efficient and effective performance of employees within the justice system, by equipping them with the requisite skills, knowledge and attitudes, which will thereby result in greater customer satisfaction,” Mrs. Campbell-Bascoe says.

For more than 24 years, the Justice Training Institute (JTI) has contributed to the training and upskilling of justice sector workers in Jamaica.

As the training arm of the Ministry of Justice, the Institute is mandated to design, develop and coordinate training programmes for persons within the justice sector as well as other stakeholders who are not formally part of the justice system but interact with the sector.

At a time when many industries and sectors have slowed down or come to a halt as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the JTI has found ways to continue strengthening the justice system through capacity building.

Director and Principal at the JTI, Karen Campbell-Bascoe, tells JIS News that courses that are usually delivered face to face at the JTI’s location, 4 Camp Road in Kingston, have been shifted to online classes.

“With COVID-19, we are now offering training interventions remotely. Prior to COVID-19, our academic programmes and courses were delivered at the JTI location. For training sessions, most times we would take those outside of the JTI’s physical complex. For training for justices of the peace (JPs), for example, we would go across the 14 parishes,” she notes.

“We would usually identify an appropriate area or space, set up and offer the training there within the parish, instead of asking the JPs to come into Kingston, and for court staff, where they are outside of Kingston and St. Andrew, we would have them converge at a more central location and have the training sessions offsite at these locations,” Mrs. Campbell-Bascoe continues.

But things have changed, propelling the Institute to have its first justice of the peace training online as well as hosting other programmes remotely.

Courses being facilitated online at this time are the Diploma in Paralegal Studies; Deputy Clerk of Courts qualifying course for court staff; and a customised programme for the Attorney General’s Chambers.

The JTI’s training sessions are usually geared towards persons in the justice system to include court employees, Ministry of Justice personnel as well as JPs. However, some courses, such as the Diploma in Paralegal Studies, are open to the public.

Mrs. Campbell-Bascoe says the offerings are categorised as academic programmes and courses as well as training, which normally run for a collective period lasting longer than 36 hours.

“These programmes currently include the Diploma in Paralegal Studies, which runs for two years part-time, and the Diploma in Court Reporting programme, which lasts for two years full-time. We also offer certificate programmes to include a course in ‘Fraudulent Documents: Deterrence, Examination and Detection’, as well as a certificate course in ‘Computer Applications’, which allows persons in the sector to appreciate how to use the computer to enhance their work product,” says Mrs. Campbell-Bascoe.

JTI facilitators include members of the judiciary – both sitting and retired judges, attorneys-at-law who serve at the private and public bar as well as professionals and experts in other fields.

In addition to preliminary training, the Institute has been working to upskill justice sector workers to improve their capacity to provide justice services to Jamaicans.

“The JTI has a vision to become the premier institution in the Caribbean, offering training for the justice system. As such, with the implementation of the relevant academic and training programmes we continuously enable a more efficient and effective performance of employees within the justice system, by equipping them with the requisite skills, knowledge and attitudes, which will thereby result in greater customer satisfaction,” Mrs. Campbell-Bascoe says.

The programmes and training sessions offered by the JTI are delivered free to persons working within the justice system and to JPs. Other stakeholders who wish to pursue training may be required to pay a fee.

For more information on the Justice Training Institute, persons can visit the website jti.edu.jm, call 876 928 4624 or email justicetraining@moj.gov.jm.

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