Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, has charged the parish’s justices of the peace (JPs) to be ethical in the performance of their duties and avoid actions that bring the office into disrepute.
He urged the JPs not to recommend anyone by filling out forms or vouch for persons not known to them.
“I, therefore, ask you kindly, if you are using form letters to recommend anyone, please desist from doing so. I implore you not to give recommendations or sign documents for persons who you do not know inside or outside of the parish of St. James. Be unashamedly ethical, and please protect your integrity,” he said.
Custos Pitkin was speaking at a JP training session staged by the Ministry of Justice at Sandals Montego Bay on Saturday (October 6).
He encouraged the JPs to report members who are violating the principles and the code of conduct of the office.
“Let us do what we do in the Christian community; speak to them first and if he or she refuses to listen to you… report such to the office of the Custos,” he advised.
The JPs training session included presentations from the Office of the Prime Minister on the National Identification System (NIDS), the Legal Aid Council as well as the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).