Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said that five more judges will be appointed to the Court of Appeal to bring the full complement of judges to twelve. The Minister said that this would reduce the backlog of cases in the Court.
The Minister was speaking at a recent town hall meeting with 120 Justices of the Peace which took place at the Cruise Shipping Pier in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.
United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Mr. Bruno Pouezat has offered assistance to the Ministry of Justice in its work to implement the recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Report, 2016. He said that the UN was prepared to provide assistance with coordinating the implementation of interventions in a cohesive manner.
A Committee of the Cabinet is considering the report and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the events which occurred in West Kingston and surrounding areas during the month of May 2010. Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness appointed the Committee which is chaired by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck and includes Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Culture, Gender and Sports Olivia Grange, Minister of National Security Robert Montague and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte.
Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck
With the escalating crime rate including lottery scamming pushing at its peak in Western Jamaica, the Ministry of Justice is determined to tackle this and other issues during its island-wide Sensitization Sessions on its Justice Services. The second in-a-series was held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on September 8, 2016.
Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck responds to questions from the floor during the first in a series of sensitization sessions with community leaders, held at the Justice Ministry Complex in Kingston, Thursday, September 1. The High Commissioner for Canada, Sylvain Fabi and Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Mrs. Carol Palmer also addressed the gathering.
Mrs. Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Carol Palmer wants to see more Jamaicans particularly those from the religious community getting more involved in addressing cases of violence and to report crime. She was speaking to worshippers at the Seventh-day Adventists’ Enditnow Women’s and Girls of Eloquence Morals and Standards (GEMS) Convention held at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Montego Bay on August 27.
In making good on his promise, Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice conducted a detailed tour of five courthouses in Kingston and St. Andrew. He noted the infrastructure of each facility and assured that a well needed facelift is necessary and changes are on the way.
The tours, on August 9 and 10 to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Sutton Street Court, Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court and the Family Court, included the Justice Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Carol Palmer and Project Consultant, Mr. Vivian Gordon.
Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck shake hands with Lynn Holliday, Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice, Criminal Division on August 30, after a meeting at the Justice Complex with an eight-member-team.
More than six thousand committed persons of integrity are needed to join the ranks of Justices of the Peace (JPs) to bring social stability, civility and ultimately economic growth to Jamaica. The call was made by Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck who wants to double the current commissioned number of more than 6000 JPs, who provide voluntary service to the country.
The Ministry of Justice has targeted 1,000 community leaders for a series of sensitization sessions during the month of September. The objective is to expose the leaders to several key areas of the justice system from which the citizens of Jamaica can benefit. This is in keeping with the goal of transforming the justice system to make it more efficient and effective.