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Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck shake hands with Lynn Holliday, Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice, Criminal Division on August 30, after a meeting at the Justice Complex with an eight-member-team.


More than six thousand committed persons of integrity are needed to join the ranks of Justices of the Peace (JPs) to bring social stability, civility and ultimately economic growth to Jamaica. The call was made by Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck who wants to double the current commissioned number of more than 6000 JPs, who provide voluntary service to the country.

The Ministry of Justice has targeted 1,000 community leaders for a series of sensitization sessions during the month of September. The objective is to expose the leaders to several key areas of the justice system from which the citizens of Jamaica can benefit. This is in keeping with the goal of transforming the justice system to make it more efficient and effective.

Mrs. Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, greets Eric Khant, new Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy during a courtesy call at the Justice Ministry on August 24, 2016.

The resumption of operations came after the Ministry of Health confirmed, last Friday, that the air quality had returned to a standard that was safe for staff and clients. The operations of the office were affected by emissions that were suspected to have seeped through the air conditioning unit.

The office of the Criminal and Civil Justice Administration, which was also affected, continues to operate from the head office of the Ministry of Justice at 61 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), congratulates newly appointed Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew, Dr. Patricia Dunwell, at an official installation ceremony at the Annuals Gardens at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on August 18. (Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson)

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the country’s Custodes have a key role to play in maintaining law and order in the society.

Senior Parish Judge, Justice Judith Pusey points to the desktop and explains to Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck the  data registry system that was piloted by the Canadian Department of Justice through the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme. Looking on is Kintu Bernard, Records Officer at the Resident Magistrate Court, Half Way Tree.


Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck (right), is greeted by former Commissioner of Police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin (Rtd) (left), at the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Annual Commissioner’s Forum, held at the Ministry of Justice in Kingston, on August 16.

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says combining the concept of principled policing with the practice of restorative justice, can help to reduce acts of misconduct by State agents, such as the police.

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says a submission has been made to Cabinet to seek approval to amend the Constitution to allow for retired judges to offer their services.

He made this disclosure recently during an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.

“We are not going to increase the age of retirement from 70 to 75. What we are saying is that retired judges could be brought on, on a periodic basis, as they are now called upon in other jurisdictions,” Mr. Chuck said.

Source: Jamaica Information Service

Over 20,000 at-risk youth have benefitted from the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).

The group is defined as young people who have factors in their lives or experienced events that lead them to engage in behaviours that are harmful to themselves and the society.