News and Press Releases

Enhancing Jamaica’s justice infrastructure is a priority goal at the Ministry of Justice. A total of

$720 million was spent during the 2021/2022 financial year as part of efforts to establish and improve facilities across the island.

Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck made the disclosure during his contribution to the ongoing Sectoral Debate on Wednesday, May 4.

The Ministry of Justice notes with great concern the articles published in the April 17 edition of the Sunday Gleaner, “Corrupt Justices” and “‘Injustice’ of the peace” and assures the public that the Ministry does not condone the deviant actions of a few persons who seek to tarnish the reputation of the office of the Justice of the Peace (JP).

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ), on Friday December 17, 2021, handed over a newly renovated Manchester Family Court to the Court Administration Division (CAD).

Renovation of the Court was occasioned by the November 7, 2019 fire which significantly damaged the 204-year-old structure.

The Ministry of Justice, on November 16, 2021, launched its recycling campaign ‘Choose to Reuse’ which aims to encourage recycling of plastic bottles among its staff members and to promote the benefits of recycling to better preserve the environment.
The campaign launch comes on the heels of a major plastic bottle drive organised by the Recycling Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) in collaboration with several key stakeholder organisations including government entities such as NSWMA, TPDco and the Forestry Department.

The Ministry of Justice’s National Child Diversion Programme has successfully connected over 200 child offenders with mental health professionals, as the year-old programme continues to expand its reach.
A June 2021 parliamentary report tabled by the Ministry revealed that 245 of the 303 children referred to Child Diversion since April 2020 received counselling related intervention. The range of counselling services accessed include mental health counselling, substance abuse treatment and sexual and reproductive education and counselling.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ), on Friday November 5, 2021, handed over two mobile units to the Court Administration Division (CAD) to be used by the courts of Jamaica to facilitate remote testimonies by vulnerable witnesses. The units, purchased at a cost of approximately JMD $23m, were handed over to the CAD at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s headquarters. The mobile units are equipped with video conferencing technology that will allow at-risk witnesses to deliver testimonies remotely.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is reminding the public that the Minister’s Marriage Licence that authorizes a Marriage Officer to officiate a wedding ceremony, is not a Marriage Certificate. The Minister’s Marriage Licence is issued by the MoJ before a wedding and is void if the marriage is not solemnized within three months, whereas the Marriage Certificate is issued by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) after the wedding and bears no expiry date.

The Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) has provided support to 18,213 victims since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Programmes Manager at the VSD, Ms Dionne-Dawn Binns noted that services have been provided unabated despite the pandemic. “The Victim Services Division continues to serve Jamaica’s victim population despite the pandemic. We are staffed by a competent team of counsellors and psychologists who are committed to assisting victims of crime to cope with emotional trauma experienced as a result of crime,” she said.

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September 27, 2021

A year after the passage of the Dog (Liability for Attacks) Act 2020, the Justice Ministry is drafting a policy paper that will examine a number of legislative and regulatory issues concerned with the ownership, control and management of dogs including strays.


The Justice Ministry on Monday, (July 12) launched its first virtual Restorative Justice (RJ) Facilitator Training Programme which will see participation from over 100 Jamaicans.

The  facilitators will be trained in various processes of RJ and client care, to ensure they are able to treat with the multiplicity of referrals that are received. They will also be prepared training to conduct impromptu RJ sessions where immediate remedial actions are required.