Montego Bay needs court building overhaul
Quite a number of prominent Montego Bay business leaders, including the former president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb, and Central St James Member of Parliament Lloyd B. Smith, have publicly called on the Government to erect a fully equipped, modern court building for the city of Montego Bay and, by extension, western Jamaica.
It would accommodate all the various divisions of the court system, including the Resident Magistrate's, Gun, Traffic, Supreme, Civil, Petty Sessions, and the Supreme Court registry. The present Montego Bay court building has long outgrown its usefulness.
It is imperative that Minister of Justice Mark Golding take the requisite steps to build a brand new Montego Bay court complex for the western region. This new complex would also accommodate offices for the resident magistrates of the parish of St James, the clerk of the court and their deputies, and for the police, as well as a functional and safe cell block for both male and female inmates. A fully functioning canteen would also be needed, as well as a law library.
It is prime time that the minister recognise the necessity of such a new court complex for Montego Bay and proceed expeditiously to have this accomplished. I wish to take this opportunity to unreservedly commend the hard-working resident magistrates assigned to the Montego Bay courts and for performing consistently at the highest judicial levels, giving justice to all those persons who appear before them each weekday.
The magistrates are truly committed to their job, serving with the highest levels of integrity. I salute their hard work. Jamaica oftentimes take for granted the extremely hard work that judges perform throughout the court system.
The St James-appointed justices of the peace also carry out important functions, duties and responsibilities within the court system. Here in Montego Bay, they are quite dedicated to their jobs and immaculately serve in the Montego Bay Petty Sessions Courts.