JIS News

Twenty-two staff members of the Taxpayer Audit and Assessment Department (TAAD) have successfully completed the certificate course in Legal Administration, offered by the Justice Training Institute (JTI).
They will graduate tomorrow (April 12) at a ceremony to be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, beginning at 3:00 p.m, where Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator A.J. Nicholson will deliver the main address.
The participants, who were selected by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, included Directors, Senior Tax Officers and Tax Officers, who will receive Certificates of Achievement for their successful completion of the course.
The course, which was customized by the JTI specifically for the TAAD, was designed to “assist the participants in [gaining] a better understanding of legal administration as it evolves in the Jamaican Judiciary System,” Principal of the JTI, Audrey Sewell told JIS News.
Delivered from November 2005 to March 2006, the course also provided participants with a broader perspective and introduced them to issues that relate to legal administration in the region, especially in light of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and the Caribbean Court of Justice, Mrs. Sewell added.
The JTI worked closely with the TAAD in the development of the course, which covered subject areas such as Company law, Law of Contracts, Accounting, Investment Instruments, Law of Succession, Ethics and Accountability, Land Administration, Equity and Trust.
Noting that the JTI held flexibility and a high quality of customer service as part of its core values, Mrs. Sewell said, “we work with organizations to design, develop and implement relevant training programmes.”
The Certificate Course in Legal Administration, Mrs. Sewell pointed out, “really prepared them (the participants) to look deeper into organizations with which they liaise.”
Also among the graduands will be 16 students, who have completed the Financial Crimes Investigators’ Course, which covered Money Laundering, Forensic Accounting, Statement Taking, Credit Facilities, Understanding Investment Instruments, Business Ethics, Land Registration and Customer Service.
According to Mrs. Sewell, the course is only offered on a needs basis, and participants are carefully selected. Persons who work in financial institutions, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, persons who prosecute financial crimes and persons who assist, are the main targets of the Financial Crimes Investigators’ Course.