The Ministry of Justice Tuesday (November 08) signed a multi-million dollar contract to make good on its promise to transform a plot of land that it owns at 87 East Street, Downtown Kingston into a well-needed parking facility for the Corporate Area Civil Court (Sutton Street).
Justice Minister the Honourable Delroy Chuck said that the technologically advanced equipment donated to the Attorney General’s Chambers will significantly boost the efficiency of the Government’s various legal activities.
The Minister, while speaking at a handing-over ceremony held at the Attorney General’s Chambers on Oxford Road in St. Andrew on Tuesday (November 08) also declared that the overall modernization of the justice sector, coupled with meaningful reform, will be a “game changer” in creating a better Jamaica.
The Office of the Public Defender and the Administrator General’s Department are two state bodies that will protect the interests of residents who will file claims against the Government.
The mandate of the Office of the Public Defender dictates that it should investigate matters brought by members of the public against the State, seek redress for Constitutional and administrative injustice, and provide legal assistance where necessary. In light of this, the Public Defender will represent the interests of affected residents in West Kingston.
The Integrity Commission Bill 2016, which was presented in the House of Representative recently, proposed three divisions of the Commission, namely the Investigation Division; the Corruption Prevention Division; and the Administration Commission.
The Investigation Division will investigate allegations of corruption as well as monitor the award of government contracts. The Division will also examine the grant, issue, variation, suspension or revocation of licences to ensure that there is no impropriety associated with such licences.
The Integrity Commission Bill aims to consolidate anticorruption laws such as The Contractor General Act; The Corruption Prevention Commission Act; and The Parliament (Integrity of Members) Act.
The Ministry of Justice is advising the public to treat any communication, by way of email and social media platforms, informing them that they have been selected to serve as Jurors as a scam.
An email, which appears to originate from legitimate government domain, is circulating advising persons that they have been selected to serve as Jurors and requesting that they keep the communication confidential.
Minister Delroy Chuck presented the Integrity Commission Bill, 2016 in the House of Representatives last Tuesday (October 25). The Bill is aimed at promoting and enhancing standards of ethical conduct for parliamentarians, public officials and other persons by consolidating laws relating to the prevention of corruption and the award, monitoring and investigating of government contracts and prescribed licences.