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.
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is vowing to take the justice system into a new era of accountability arguing that lack of resources should not be used as an excuse for poor performance in the system. He fired back at critics who disagreed with his call for improved turnaround times in disposing of cases and writing judgments. The Minister was speaking at a sensitization session for corporate area communities at Justice Complex on Saturday October 29.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn will be hosting the 4th North American and Caribbean Regional Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, St. James from November 2 – 4, 2016.
The Justice Minister Delroy Chuck revealed that by 2017, over 70 courts and seven hearing rooms will be retrofitted with audiovisual technology to assist judges with more timely judgments. Chuck stated that with this new technology, judges will no longer have to take notes ‘longhand’ but will have more efficient recording and retrieval capability. The audiovisual system will be able to capture and digitize testimonies and proceedings of the court.
More than two hundred individuals have commenced training to become Justices of the Peace (JPs). The mandatory qualification training began in September and will continue until the end of October. It is the largest number of persons to be trained to secure a JP commission over such short period of time.
The numbers are attributed to an aggressive drive by the Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, for more persons of integrity to become Justices of the Peace. Persons are being trained from the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, Clarendon St. Ann and St. James.