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March 23, 2021

Justice Ministry Rolls Out New Seal Design for JPs

The Ministry of Justice has begun rolling out new seals to Justices of the Peace with ‘Jamaica’ engraved instead of parish names.

The Justice Ministry is now undertaking work to renovate the Manchester Parish Court, following damage to the upper storey of the historic building in a fire.


The building is scheduled for operationalisation in the first quarter of the 2021/22 Financial Year and will accommodate a dedicated Family Court for the parish comprising a court room; Judges’ Chambers; office and administrative spaces; restroom facilities; and a receptionist/lobby area.


Justices of the Peace Warned of De-Commissioning for Misconduct 

KINGSTON, December 28, 2020   

Justices of the Peace (JPs) are being warned of possible de-commissioning for misconduct.

The warning comes from Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck who was speaking at a recent JP commissioning ceremony in St Thomas.  While thanking the newly installed JPs for offering themselves for the voluntary role, he reminded them that they should be of unquestionable integrity and unblemished character.

St James Parish Court Undergoing $43M Renovation

The Ministry of Justice is now spearheading renovation work at the St James Parish Court, to the tune of $43 million.

The scope of work includes tiling and painting, as well as plumbing and electrical installations. Additionally, a ramp will be erected to allow for wheelchair access for the elderly and infirm.

Kingston, Jamaica – The Ministry of Justice, through the Victims Services Division (VSD), is committed to offering emotional and psychological support to victims of crime especially during the trial process. 

Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck had strong commendations for Jamaican Justices of the Peace for their continued volunteerism and dedication to nation building. 

Speaking at the Justice Ministry’s JP Sensitisation Session at the Montego Bay Conference Centre on Friday, December 6, the Minister revealed that over 2,000 persons have been commissioned as JPs since 2017.

Photo Caption - Justice Minister Delroy Chuck greets US Ambassador Donald Tapia at Justices of the Peace Sensitization session for St. James. Also in attendance were (left) Executive Director NIA Professor Trevor Munroe and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Sancia Bennett-Templar. The session was held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Friday December 6.

Justice Minister Urges Criminals to Give Evidence against Gang Members