Aid from International Partners a ‘Tremendous Support for Justice Reform’ in Jamaica

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.

The Minister told the gathering, at the Ministry of Justice Complex, that Jamaica must give the international donors value for the money that they spend. “We get tremendous support from the European Union (EU) and our other international partners. They invest a great deal of time and money to the Justice Reform agenda.  We cannot fail them; we must make use of it.”

Head of Co-operation, European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Achim Schaffert, said that EU and Jamaica have a longstanding relationship and outlined the areas of support given to the Jamaican Government. The EU’s commitment in supporting reform of the justice sector is evidenced in the over US$25M in budgetary support to the Justice Reform Implementation Programme.

Mr. Schaefer urged the gathering to give their feedback and views on the EU’s involvement in justice programmes and pointed out that they also support civil society organizations.

The European Union and Jamaica have a long history of cooperation dating back forty years. EU’s assistance covers the refurbishing of court buildings and the upgrading and outfitting of equipment in the courts, as well as the modernization of audiovisual technology, electronic case management and the equipping of the forensic lab.

The sensitization session held at the Justice Complex this morning was the first in the second phase. The Ministry will continue to educate and train community leaders and upstanding citizens on its services up to December of this year.

By: Sandra Graham