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  • Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is encouraging more upstanding citizens to come forward to serve as Justices of the Peace (JPs).
  • Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Carol Palmer, said the training is important in equipping JPs to effectively carry out their duties.
  • They also consider applications for bail, attend police stations, explain and sign documents, sit on licensing panels and give counsel and advice.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is encouraging more upstanding citizens to come forward to serve as Justices of the Peace (JPs).

“I would like more teachers, pastors and community leaders to really participate as Justices of the Peace … not only these but also the influential citizens in our communities and parishes across Jamaica,” he said.

“We must send a signal to those who have criminal intentions, the corrupt and the misbehaving, that we are on the road to building that Jamaica that we want to leave as a legacy to our children and grandchildren,” Mr. Chuck said.

He was addressing another of the Ministry’s sensitisation sessions on justice services held at the Lucea United Church in Hanover yesterday (November 17).

The islandwide sessions are designed to equip community leaders to help citizens access justice services, resolve conflicts and prevent crime.

Among the areas covered are human trafficking, child sexual and drug abuse, dispute resolution, restorative justice, mediation and child diversion.

“If we are trained in these essential practices, we would be empowered to heal many wounds, restore many relationships and bring about harmony within neighbourhoods and across communities in Jamaica,” Minister Chuck said.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Carol Palmer, said the training is important in equipping JPs to effectively carry out their duties.

These include serving as a justice in the Court of Petty Sessions and attending the Children’s courts and Drug Court.

 

They also consider applications for bail, attend police stations, explain and sign documents, sit on licensing panels and give counsel and advice.