Press Releases

JPs Visitation to Lock Ups Appropriate; Video Unfortunate

July 4, 2022

The Ministry of Justice reminds the public that Justices of the Peace (JPs) have an obligation to perform voluntary community-based activities as the Custos may require which include, visits to prisons to ensure the rights of persons in custody are protected and their dignity respected in prisons/lock-ups.

The Ministry of Justice Urges Citizens to Report Rogue JPs

The Ministry of Justice notes with great concern the articles published in the April 17 edition of the Sunday Gleaner, “Corrupt Justices” and “‘Injustice’ of the peace” and assures the public that the Ministry does not condone the deviant actions of a few persons who seek to tarnish the reputation of the office of the Justice of the Peace (JP).

Court support available for child victims

The Ministry of Justice’s Victim Services Division (VSD) is reminding the public that support is available for child victims who are to appear in Court.


Rev. Osbourne Bailey, Director, VSD gave the reminder during a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on children and the justice system held at the Ministry on Wednesday, July 8.

Public Notice

The Legal Aid Council (LAC) is requesting that the family members of the following mentally ill detainees make contact with them:

St James Parish Court Undergoing $43M Renovation

The Ministry of Justice is now spearheading renovation work at the St James Parish Court, to the tune of $43 million.

The scope of work includes tiling and painting, as well as plumbing and electrical installations. Additionally, a ramp will be erected to allow for wheelchair access for the elderly and infirm.