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Custos selections needs revamp

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It was not too long ago that a Kingston justice of the peace was sworn in as custos of St Andrew. While we weren't pleased with the choice, as there are about 1,500 JPs in St Andrew from where the choice should have been made, we made it pass with not too much protest. Soon after the JP was sworn in as custos, said JP demitted office to take up assignment elsewhere.

We have a JP from St Andrew who is currently acting in the capacity of custos and, in short order, will not hold this position anymore, as recently a private training and swearing-in ceremony was conducted for an individual who will become the new custos of St Andrew. Please bear in mind there is currently no prospective JP training in progress. Is there no regulation in place that a person should be a JP for a particular number of years before you become eligible to be a custos? If there isn't, isn't this wrong?

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, as a good leader, you take suggestions from your staff but it is not all suggestions that can be implemented, you first and foremost need to review the information presented. You have persons who do not want to let go and have an agenda and as such will give you information that will benefit them in the long run as in this case. It is imperative that I speak up on this, as in no way is it right for a JP to be sworn in under a month and become the custos. It is unfair to the rest of us who have been JPs for years and have garnered the experience, training and respect, yet were never considered.

Bear in mind, Mr Minister, you are now charging your parishes to train JPs in different areas two times per year, but the prospective custos has never been trained in any area and yet is to be appointed custos. Explain, sir, how is this possible in light of the above facts? Is this not putting politics in everything that we do?

CONCERNED JP

St Andrew