Full Compensation Committee Approved- to Meet Next Week

Cabinet has approved the appointment of Ministers of Religion, the Reverends Rennard White and Herro Blair Jr. to complete the full complement of the three-member Compensation Committee that will investigate and determine claims brought by aggrieved persons in respect of the events of May 2010. Ms. Carlene Larmond, an Attorney experienced in litigation, will serve as Legal Advisor to the Committee which will be chaired by Retired President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Seymour Panton.

The Compensation Committee will consider cases where claims had already been filed; cases where preliminary compensation had been awarded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and which would be re-assessed; and cases where no claims had been made to date but which may be eligible to receive ex-gratia awards.

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck who chaired the Ad Hoc Committee of Cabinet, met with the members of the Compensation Committee this morning, (October 26, 2016), at the Justice Ministry. He thanked them for agreeing to serve and outlined the nature of the support that the Ministry would give to the Committee during the period of its deliberations. The Committee is expected to conclude its work within nine months as recommended by the Commission of Enquiry Report.

Meanwhile, the Ad Hoc Committee of Cabinet that was established in June to review the report and recommendations of the Commission of Enquiry into the events of May 2010 in West Kingston and surrounding areas, has completed its work and prepared a final report for the consideration of the Cabinet.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will lead the ministerial presentations to Parliament with an apology to the people of West Kingston and Jamaica followed by statements from the Ministers of Justice and National Security on the progress that has been made to date, in the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Commission of Enquiry.


By: Sandra Graham