News and Press Releases

The Ministry of Justice is on a 'crusade' to bring Jamaica back to a place of law and order, peace and decency and it is believed that the youth can champion this cause.

"We are on a journey. Everyone has a part to play against this fight, war, combat. We cannot do it alone," stated Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice.

Mrs. Carol Palmer was speaking at the justice sensitization session in Montego Bay last Thursday (September 22). She told the gathering that crime fighting was not just the duty of the police but for all of us.

More than one thousand schools will be targeted for Restorative Justice and Sensitization Sessions next year. It’s a move that Justice Minister Delroy Chuck feels could help to reduce the level of aggression and tension in the society.

“Let me state very frankly that Jamaica has many, many problems and regrettably, there are far too many persons in our society who want to increase the problems. However, if collectively we could pull together, we can solve many of the problems,” said Minister Chuck.

Speaking at a Justice of the Peace town hall meeting in St. James last Thursday (September 22) Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck sent a stern warning to lottery scammers in the parish to "Stop it, cut it out."

Minister Chuck revealed that the telephone conversations of scammers are being recorded and that they will be caught, pointing to the link between the spate of murder in Montego Bay and lottery scamming.

The Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck has given his support to INDECOM noting its legislative purpose and its role in preventing the excessive use of force by state agents against citizens.

When the Restorative Justice Bill 2016 is passed in Parliament, a prisoner will benefit from the process of being appropriately restored within his community. This was the response from the Hon. Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice who was answering a question from an attendee at the fourth Justice Sensitization Session held at the Ministry of Justice, on September 20.

​The Honourable Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice, urges every Jamaican to see the national security challenges as a personal affront to his or her civil liberties. He was speaking on the topic Religious Liberty and Social Justice during the afternoon segment of the Spiritual Intervention Programme of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on September 17, 2016, at the Church’s Convention Centre in Montego Bay.


Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said that five more judges will be appointed to the Court of Appeal to bring the full complement of judges to twelve. The Minister said that this would reduce the backlog of cases in the Court.

The Minister was speaking at a recent town hall meeting with 120 Justices of the Peace which took place at the Cruise Shipping Pier in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.

United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Mr. Bruno Pouezat has offered assistance to the Ministry of Justice in its work to implement the recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Report, 2016. He said that the UN was prepared to provide assistance with coordinating the implementation of interventions in a cohesive manner.

A Committee of the Cabinet is considering the report and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the events which occurred in West Kingston and surrounding areas during the month of May 2010.  Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness appointed the Committee which is chaired by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck and includes Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Culture, Gender and Sports Olivia Grange, Minister of National Security Robert Montague and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte.

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck

With the escalating crime rate including lottery scamming pushing at its peak in Western Jamaica, the Ministry of Justice is determined to tackle this and other issues during its island-wide Sensitization Sessions on its Justice Services. The second in-a-series was held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on September 8, 2016.