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  • Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says a major training programme is to be implemented for Justices of the Peace (JPs) islandwide, to empower them to play a greater role in the justice system.
  • He pointed out that other programmes are in place in which JPs are asked to participate, including the Restorative Justice Programme, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • The Minister pointed out that there are just under 400 JPs in the parish, and urged them to recommend others for the office.

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says a major training programme is to be implemented for Justices of the Peace (JPs) islandwide, to empower them to play a greater role in the justice system.

Addressing an installation ceremony for 56 new JPs for St. Elizabeth on June 16 at Beadle’s Hall in Santa Cruz, the Minister pointed out that the training programme will start with at least four sessions in each parish.

“We want to empower you, we want to strengthen you because we know that knowledge and information is power and with that power you are better able to perform your duties. We hope that we will be able to assist you to make yourself more meaningful to your community and better able to serve your constituency,” the Minister told the JPs.

He pointed out that other programmes are in place in which JPs are asked to participate, including the Restorative Justice Programme, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

The Minister urged the JPs to forge partnerships with the police, ministers of religion, teachers and members of the private sector to restore peace and good order to every community across the island.

“We cannot allow the evildoers, the corrupt, the criminals and indiscipline to take charge of our country,” Mr. Chuck emphasised.

The Minister said he has instructed Custodes to establish parish committees to examine challenges, with the aim of finding solutions.

Welcoming the new JPs, Mr. Chuck encouraged them to work hard in upholding the high office which they have been entrusted to hold, and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.

The Minister pointed out that there are just under 400 JPs in the parish, and urged them to recommend others for the office.

He also asked the JPs who are aware of colleagues who are acting inappropriately, to make a report to the Custos, who will take the necessary action.