Revise policy against JP compensation
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Under the present laws of Jamaica, justices of the peace are not entitled to compensation for their service. I believe the era we live in calls for the revision of this law.
Volunteerism is a noble concept and should never be a light matter. However, the time is now ripe for lawmakers to look at the policy of zero compensation for JPs.
JPs are on 24-hour, seven-day-a-week call. The cost to get JP services done effectively and professionally is costly. This includes paper, ink, and printing. If they are to officiate in court matters, this involves transportation and lunch. If the machine seal is damaged, they will have to repaired out of pocket. To attend their local and national JP activities, they are encouraged to purchase tickets to attend. They are very costly weekly, monthly, and annually.
The service of JPs is critical and well needed. Is the service they provide worth the now-enforced policy of no compensation, or do we advocate for them to be rewarded as their counterparts in other countries, and notary public in Jamaica? This reform will assist in addressing the expenses that professional voluntary service requires.
The time to examine this matter urgently is now and I advocate for compensation now.