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  • Custos Rotulorum of St. James has called on JPs to conduct themselves with integrity in order to stand as true role models for the country’s youth.
  • He said that as JPs, they are required to be of unquestionable character, be available for service, and maintain a good relationship with members of the public.
  • He noted that they have a major role to play in the restoration of peace, goodwill, harmony and positive values and attitudes in the Jamaican society.

Custos Rotulorum of St. James, Hon. Ewen Corrodus, has called on Justices of the Peace (JPs) to conduct themselves with integrity in order to stand as true role models for the country’s youth.

He was addressing the recent installation ceremony for 33 new JPs for the parish for St. James held at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Mount Salem.

“Who can our young people turn to for counsel, advice and example if the JPs do not conduct themselves with complete honesty, integrity and uprightness?” Custos Corrodus questioned.

He said that as JPs, they are required to be of unquestionable character, be available for service, and maintain a good relationship with members of the public.

“Do not take this position lightly. You have been selected from a wide cross section of our society and are being commissioned today to be trailblazers, role models and community activists for positive development of the communities in which you live and work,” he stated.

He noted that they have a major role to play in the restoration of peace, goodwill, harmony and positive values and attitudes in the Jamaican society.

Meanwhile, President of the St. James Lay Magistrates’ Association, Claudette Bryan, urged the JPs to “change your community by becoming relevant. Be seen and heard, remain accountable and humble, and allow the title and position of JP to define you.”

“I urge you not to compromise or do anything that will bring the office of the Justice of the Peace into disrepute. Remain true to your words…display a high standard of professionalism … for the enhancement of our island Jamaica,” she said.

 

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