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  • Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says Justices of the Peace (JPs) have been doing yeoman service right across Jamaica, and are contributing greatly to the country’s justice reform programme.
  • The Minister, who was speaking at a Justice of the Peace Sensitisation Session at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on December 6, said that when it is looked at from the standpoint that JPs are volunteers, with many of them making the sacrifice to put service above self, “we have to applaud them as a grateful nation.”
  • “These sensitisation sessions are to appeal to you about what more you can do to make Jamaica a great place. JPs are highly regarded and we want to help you to make further contributions to Jamaica,” Mr. Chuck told the JPs.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says Justices of the Peace (JPs) have been doing yeoman service right across Jamaica, and are contributing greatly to the country’s justice reform programme.

The Minister, who was speaking at a Justice of the Peace Sensitisation Session at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on December 6, said that when it is looked at from the standpoint that JPs are volunteers, with many of them making the sacrifice to put service above self, “we have to applaud them as a grateful nation.”

“These sensitisation sessions are to appeal to you about what more you can do to make Jamaica a great place. JPs are highly regarded and we want to help you to make further contributions to Jamaica,” Mr. Chuck told the JPs.

Noting that training is a very important component of any occupation, the Minister said that the Ministry, working in tandem with the National Integrity Action (NIA), has been engaged in the training of court officials.

“That is what we have been engaged in right across the justice sector. Our job is to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to participate in some form of training, so that their skills and performance can be improved,” he argued.

Mr. Chuck said that ever since he became the Minister of Justice, he has made it his personal mandate to make training opportunities available to JPs, especially in areas such as mediation, child diversion and restorative justice.

He added that he has seen clear evidence that the training opportunities have been reaping the desired results and that his Ministry will be redoubling its efforts “in offering even more training.”

“The NIA will be partnering with us, not just for this fiscal year, but hopefully for the next one as well, so that we can put on more training sessions. These training sessions will have two main focus next year –restorative justice and mediation,” Mr. Chuck said.

The Minister said that one of the main goals going into 2020 is to ensure that every single school has a restorative justice practitioner, to train the older students to become “restorative justice facilitators.”

In the meantime, the Minister said he is hoping that more persons will volunteer to become JPs, noting that the country needs “all hands on deck at this critical juncture.”

Since 2017, more than 5,000 JPS have benefited from sensitisation sessions on various topics, such as estate management, mediation and the Justices of the Peace Act.