Justice Ministry Seeks Help to Build Prosecutorial Capacity in Jamaica

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.

 

Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck met with two separate teams, where discussions took place on the further improvement of the prosecutorial capacity of the country’s justice system. The first team, from the US State Department of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs were on a biennial consultation with Jamaica on Extradition matters and Mutual Legal Assistance. The second team is from the US Department of Justice, Criminal Division. The meetings took place at the Ministry of Justice, headquarters at 61 Constant Spring Road, Kingston on August 30, 2016.

The Minister noted that while the international partners have assisted Jamaica in training in areas such as Child Abuse and Human Trafficking the nature of crimes such as Lotto Scamming require far more training in how to prosecute more complex and involved cases. He said that the Lotto scamming was well organized and a scientific operation; noting that it affects a vulnerable population, the elderly.

He said that the government was committed in dealing with ‘White Collar’ and Cybercrimes expeditiously and was committed to strengthening the ability of the courts to deal with them.  “We are working hard to bring crime under control because we are mindful of the report of the World Bank that estimates that crime was costing 5 – 7% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.  The Justice system must therefore support the growth agenda.”

The Minister acknowledged that there were major challenges, as crimes such as Lotto Scamming were supported in communities. “The sensitization of the public and the negative effects of this crime and its contribution to other areas of criminality such as Child Abuse and Trafficking in Persons are important. There is also the negative impact on the financial sector,” the Minister said.

The Justice Ministry will begin a series of Sensitization Sessions across Jamaica on various areas of the justice system starting on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at its headquarters.