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Justice Minister assures judges they will be secured

Published:Wednesday | January 28, 2015 | 2:07 PM
Mark Golding - File

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, is seeking to assure judges that their current security arrangements will remain in place despite announced changes to the close-protection system.




Yesterday, National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, announced that only the Governor General, the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, the Leader of the Opposition and former prime ministers will be guaranteed this service going forward.



Bunting said the assignment of Close Protection Officers will be based on recommendations informed by threat assessments.



Some judges have reacted with anger, claiming that they have to deal with criminals every day.



However, the Justice Minister says Bunting has assured him that current arrangements will continue although an assessment is to be carried out.



At present, bodyguards travel with judges between their homes and the courts.



However, judges have to stand the cost of securing their homes.



Meanwhile, the Police High Command and the Chief Justice are reportedly to hold discussions on issues related to strengthening the protection afforded to judges.



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