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  • Thirty three new Justices of the Peace (JPs) were installed in the parish of St. James on December 11, by Custos, Hon. Ewen Corrodus and Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla.
  • The official installation ceremony, attended by hundreds from across western Jamaica, was held at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Mount Salem, Montego Bay.
  • There are now 625 JPs serving the parish of St. James.

Thirty three new Justices of the Peace (JPs) were installed in the parish of St. James on December 11, by Custos, Hon. Ewen Corrodus and Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla.

The official installation ceremony, attended by hundreds from across western Jamaica, was held at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Mount Salem, Montego Bay. There are now 625 JPs serving the parish of St. James.

In her address, Mrs. McCalla commended the many JPs across St. James and the rest of Jamaica for the invaluable contributions they have made to the country’s justice system over the past many years.

The Chief Justice lauded the newly installed JPs for having successfully completed the training programme which has prepared them for effective participation in the course of justice for the country.

“As newly commissioned Justices of the Peace, you are now important stakeholders in the justice system and therefore you should take steps to acquaint yourselves with all aspects of the system. On several occasions I have articulated the importance of your role at the community and national levels and the invaluable contributions that Justices of the Peace have made to our justice system over the many, many years.  It’s a contribution that cannot be quantified,” she said.

Mrs. McCalla noted that the new JPs have taken a “bold step by coming forward as volunteers to render further service to your country, perhaps in the hour of our greatest need.”

“Jamaica is indeed blessed to have so many persons of integrity, willing to perform public service,” the Chief Justice noted.

The Chief Justice urged the new JPs to educate themselves of emerging issues and efforts being made by Government to address them.

“When you perform duties in our court system, you do so as Judicial Officers and great emphasis should be placed on your selection, training and conditions of service.  You should keep abreast of recent developments or changes in laws that govern your jurisdiction and the greater role that undoubtedly you will be required to play in our system,” Mrs. McCalla told JPs.

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