Justices of the Peace Warned of De-Commissioning for Misconduct

Justices of the Peace Warned of De-Commissioning for Misconduct 

KINGSTON, December 28, 2020   

Justices of the Peace (JPs) are being warned of possible de-commissioning for misconduct.

The warning comes from Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck who was speaking at a recent JP commissioning ceremony in St Thomas.  While thanking the newly installed JPs for offering themselves for the voluntary role, he reminded them that they should be of unquestionable integrity and unblemished character.

“I know that you went through a lot of training and your trainers told you how you must perform your duties. I know they emphasized to you that you must be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Ensure that you are a beacon of civility, decency and morality,” he said.

Minister Chuck added: “I have instructed the custodes that any one of you [JPs] who acts inappropriately should be de-commissioned. If you engage in any wrongdoing of any kind, desist. We can’t have JPs who act inappropriately.”

Additionally, JPs are being urged to get training in alternative dispute resolutions (ADRs) to assist with resolving conflicts in their communities and thereby help to stem the wave of crime and violence across Jamaica.

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Since the start of the 2020/21 financial year, the Justice Ministry has been focusing on the use of ADRs through its Child Diversion and Restorative Justice programmes as well as mediation.

Over 600 JPs have been commissioned in 2020, bringing the total number of JPs across the island to 9, 366.

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