JIS News

Twenty seven new Justices of the Peace (JPs) were sworn in to serve the parish of St. Mary during a ceremony held at the Port Maria Civic Centre on Tuesday, December 6.
The function was presided over by Custos of St. Mary, Hon. A.A. Bobby Pottinger. In attendance were Minister of Justice and Attorney General, A.J. Nicholson, members of the St. Mary Lay Magistrates Association, family members and representatives from various government and non-governmental organizations in the parish.
The appointment of the new JPs brings to 285 the number of persons serving St. Mary in that capacity.In his address, Mr. Nicholson congratulated the new JPs and exhorted them to ensure that they make a special effort to live up to the high expectations of the office.
Mr. Nicholson said the appointment had placed the new JPs in a new phase of life, which would give them a greater level of leadership and responsibility in their communities than they had before.
He encouraged the JPs to always act in the public interest, and in accordance with the public trust placed in them. He also admonished them not to use their position for their own advantage or to the disadvantage of others.
The Minister said that as JPs, they would be called on to assist in the administration of justice in the country. He encouraged them to become members of the St. Mary Lay Magistrates Association through which they would be provided with training to enable them to discharge their responsibility in a satisfactory manner.
Mr. Nicholson said the country was looking to the JPs to help provide leadership in the fight against crime and violence.
He said that although they would not be paid for their services, they would be rewarded in the knowledge that they have used their office to help others in the society.
The Custos congratulated the new JPs and urged them to assist in the development of their communities and to help those who were in need of guidance and proper direction.