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Mrs. Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Carol Palmer wants to see more Jamaicans particularly those from the religious community getting more involved in addressing cases of violence and to report crime. She was speaking to worshippers at the Seventh-day Adventists’ Enditnow Women’s and Girls of Eloquence Morals and Standards (GEMS) Convention held at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Montego Bay on August 27.

In making good on his promise, Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice conducted a detailed tour of five courthouses in Kingston and St. Andrew. He noted the infrastructure of each facility and assured that a well needed facelift is necessary and changes are on the way.

The tours, on August 9 and 10 to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Sutton Street Court, Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court and the Family Court, included the Justice Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Carol Palmer and Project Consultant, Mr. Vivian Gordon.

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.