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Speaking at the start of the second phase of the sensitization session on justice services recently, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, pointed out that the assistance received from international partners such as the European Union, the United States, Canada and the UK toward justice reform in Jamaica must not be taken for granted.

Cabinet has approved the appointment of Ministers of Religion, the Reverends Rennard White and Herro Blair Jr. to complete the full complement of the three-member Compensation Committee that will investigate and determine claims brought by aggrieved persons in respect of the events of May 2010. Ms. Carlene Larmond, an Attorney experienced in litigation, will serve as Legal Advisor to the Committee which will be chaired by Retired President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Seymour Panton.

The Hon. Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice

Recent developments over the past 24 hours have once again fuelled a national discussion on the justice system. I assure you that this Government views justice as a priority. We are even more determined to fix the ailing system with a sense of urgency.

We know that there is no quick fix for the justice system. However, we have picked some low hanging fruits which we think will go a far way in improving access to justice and making the system more effective and efficient.

The Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck has announced that by the end of October the Granville Restorative Justice (RJ) Centre will be re-opened and fully operational.

At the peak of the sensitization sessions hosted by the Ministry of Justice for the month of September, Permanent Secretary Carol Palmer announced that the target of training and sensitizing 1000 community leaders had been surpassed.

 Cabinet has appointed the Hon. Justice Seymour Panton as Chair of the Compensation Committee to investigate all claims brought by aggrieved persons and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect of the events of May 2010.