Speech

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF JUSTICE
TO THE HOUSE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES –
ADMINISTRATOR-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT ANNUAL
REPORT 2014/2015

It is with great pleasure that I table in this Honourable House of Representatives today the 2014/2015 annual report of the
Administrator-General’s Department. Mr. Speaker, the report shows that the Agency achieved most of its targets for the period.
And Mr. Speaker, this Agency is performing, producing, and delivering quality work that should be emulated by other
Government Agencies.

If someone dies without making a Will (that is to die intestate) and leaves children under the age of 18 and assets, the role of the Administrator-General’s Department is to protect the interests of these children and other beneficiaries as well as creditors. When people die and leave assets, those assets are a part of what is called an estate which is what Jamaicans commonly refer to as dead lef’. Many of us in this House can recount stories relating to inheritance in our constituencies and we are aware of the
problems surrounding estates. It is the Administrator-General’s Department role to ensure that the estates are administered and ultimately passed into the hands of the rightful beneficiaries.

The Department’s 2014/2015 annual report highlights the tireless work of the indomitable Administrator-General (AG) and CEO, Mrs. Lona Brown and her team of Executives, Case Attorneys, Case Officers, Accountants and other staff members. Mrs. Brown was appointed as Administrator-General in 1996. In preparation for the Administrator-General’s Department achieving Executive Agency status on April 1, 1999, the AG was also appointed CEO in 1998. Today, I invite members of this House to join me in commending Mrs. Brown and her team for transforming the Agency into a result-driven Department.

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