The Justice Training Institute (JTI) is the training arm of the Ministry of Justice. Its overarching mandate is to provide training and staff development activities of the highest quality to build the capacity within Jamaica’s justice sector in accordance with international standards. The focus of the Institute is therefore on the staff of the Ministry of Justice, its agencies and courts but the service is extended to other public sector and non-government agencies as well.
The function of the Institute is to execute training programmes in Justice Administration for legal and non-legal personnel employed in the following agencies :
- Supreme Court
- Court of Appeal
- Revenue Court
- Gun Court
- Resident Magistrates’ Courts
- Family Courts
- Administrator General’s Department
- Ministry of Justice
- Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
- Office of the Attorney General
- Office of the Parliamentary Council
- Department of Legal Reform, and by request
- Other Public and Private Sector Agencies
The Institute, in consultation with, and at the request of the Chief Justice is also mandated to organize and coordinate seminars, workshops and training programmes for Judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Resident Magistrate’s Court, and Justices of the Peace. Other stated functions include conducting court-related research and research in areas relevant to Justice Administration; publishing bulletins, booklets, guides, broadsheets, textbooks and publications of like nature and carrying out other related tasks for training in Justice Administration and Judicial Training as the need arises.
In short, the broad mandate of the JTI is to train, equip and certify employees in the Justice System with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to discharge their functions in a satisfactory manner.