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.
The sessions will be addressed by the Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, Permanent Secretary, Carol Palmer and technocrats in the Ministries of Justice and National Security. The focus will be on areas such as Restorative Justice, Child Diversion, Child Abuse, Human Trafficking, Victim Support and Legal Aid.
“The Justice Ministry must become a major game-changer in the transformation of Jamaica. We must begin a national movement on the ground designed to win back our communities and win back Jamaica as a disciplined country. This is fundamental to the achievement of the social, economic and development agendas of the country,” according to Minister of Justice, the Honourable Delroy Chuck.
“The transformation of the justice system must be felt on the ground where it matters most. This is an opportunity for the leaders in the nooks and crannies of this country to use their influence and expertise to resolve conflicts, prevent crime, reduce tensions and generally help our people to move from confrontation to conversation and from conflict to co-operation,” stated Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice.
Mrs. Palmer continued, “The sessions will help leaders to identify signs of human trafficking; refer disputing parties, where appropriate, to utilize mediation, dispute resolution and restorative justice as alternatives to court-based actions.”
The sensitization sessions will begin on September 01, 2016 at the Ministry of Justice, 61 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10 at 8:30 am.