Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck had strong commendations for Jamaican Justices of the Peace for their continued volunteerism and dedication to nation building.
Speaking at the Justice Ministry’s JP Sensitisation Session at the Montego Bay Conference Centre on Friday, December 6, the Minister revealed that over 2,000 persons have been commissioned as JPs since 2017.
He noted that there is high demand for JP services in communities across the island, as they also serve as Lay Magistrates in courts and play an integral role at the Justice Ministry’s community-based Justice Centres.
“Some JPs are overworked, so we want to increase the numbers, as more hands mean less work,” he observed.
The Minister said that JPs would continue to receive ongoing training. Since 2017, the Justice Ministry has consistently sensitised Justices of the Peace across the island, reaching over 5,000 Justices of the Peace across all 14 parishes.
Topics covered during the sessions include Estate Administration, Justices of the Peace Act, Child Diversion and Lay Magistrates Act.
The next JP Sensitization Sessions will be held in St Catherine on December 11, and Kingston and St Andrew on December 13.
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