KINGSTON, November 29, 2019
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck has saluted members of the staff of the Mandeville Courthouse who were dislocated due to the fire at the Mandeville Courthouse on Thursday, November 8.
The Minister noted that the staff were back at work the very next day following the fire, and despite the makeshifts arrangements under which they operated in its aftermath, they continued to graciously serve the public.
The St James Municipal Corporation has affirmed its commitment to supporting the Victim Services Division, an institution which the corporation says continues to demonstrate strong commitment to rehabilitating victims across the parish.
The endorsement was expressed by Councillor of the Montego Bay South Division, Richard Vernon, who attended Overcomers in Action, an initiative under the purview of the Ministry of Justice through the Victim Services Division.
The Ministry of Justice’s St. Ann Victim Services Division (VSD) is playing a key role in providing healing and support for victims of crime in the parish, particularly children.
Acting Manager, Bernita Black, told JIS News that the office assists up to 60 persons on a monthly basis.
Services include preparing clients for court, and helping them deal with the emotional trauma caused by crime through mediation and counselling.
“We also do crisis intervention where we provide on-the-scene response or home visits,” Ms. Black said.
Mrs. Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice said that the continued implementation of justice reform recommendations will cost $7B to the fiscal year 2019/2020 when the significant programmes of reform are expected to be concluded. She was speaking this morning (Nov 15, 2016) at a contract signing and the Ministry’s first quarterly press briefing, which took place at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road Office.