The Justice Reform Implementation Unit (JRIU) was established in April , 2012, through funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) under the Justice Undertakings for Social transformation (JUST) Programme. The JUST Programme is a 4 -year initiative and is scheduled to come to an end in 2016. At the end of the period it is expected that the JRIU will be integrated into the structure of the Ministry of Justice.
The rationale for establishing the JRIU was a recognition of the need for a Unit within the Ministry designated to:
The JRIU is headed by a Director with technical and administrative support from project staff. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica acts as the conduit through which funding for the JRIU from the donor agency is channelled to the Ministry of Justice for disbursement in respect o programme activities under the JUST Programme.
The offices of the JRIU also accommodate the Programme Director for the Technical-Legal Assistance component of the JUST Programme which is being implemented by the Department of Justice Canada, as well as the Coordinator for the Social Order component of the Programme who is contracted to CIDA. The Programme Coordinator appointed by CIDA to oversee the Programme on its behalf is also located in the JRIU.
Programme activities carried out by the JRIU are predicated on the integrated Annual Work Plans developed in collaboration with the implementers and beneficiaries of the JUST Programme