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.
Justice Minister, the Hon. Delroy Chuck, declares that Jamaica is aiming for Tier 1 ranking on the United States’ Department of State ranking on Human Trafficking. That would be a further improvement for Jamaica that was graded in 2016 to Tier 2.
He said that the Tier 2 ranking “Has come from years of consistent work at the national level led by the Taskforce which has strengthened our capacity to improve year after year.”
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.