Justice Minister condemns attack on deputy DPP
JUSTICE MINISTER Senator Mark Golding has condemned Tuesday's attack on a deputy director of public prosecutions as she arrived at the Spanish Town Courthouse in St Catherine.
Golding has expressed his sympathies to the prosecutor for the cowardly criminal act perpetrated against her.
"Our prosecutors are tremendous public servants, carrying out their difficult job with skill and dedication in often challenging circumstances. We owe it to them to do our utmost to ensure that they can do their work without being exposed to unacceptable risks," Golding stated.
The justice minister said that Permanent Secretary in the ministry Carol Palmer has been tasked to renew discussions with the Police High Command to put additional security arrangements in place.
"The Ministry of Justice will have to redouble our efforts to find a solution to meet the security needs of our prosecutors, in collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force."
For her part, Palmer said the issue of security for prosecutors remains a concern and has undertaken to continue dialogue with the Police High Command in an attempt to find a lasting solution.
Additionally, the permanent secretary said every effort is being made to relocate a number of courthouses, the one at Spanish Town being high on the list.
Palmer indicated that the
ministry has already identified property in Central Village, on the outskirts of Spanish Town, St Catherine, for the relocation of the Spanish Town Courthouse; however, the ministry is awaiting funding to proceed with the construction of the new facility.