JPs question choice of new custos
The choice of attorney-at-law Donna Parchment Brown as the new custos rotulorum for St Andrew was a cause of concern for some members of the St Andrew Lay Magistrates' Association yesterday.
The lay magistrates noted that Parchment Brown is a justice of the peace (JP) from Kingston and questioned why a JP from St Andrew was not selected to replace outgoing Custos Marigold Harding.
"I have no problem with the new custos. It's just the fact that there are a lot of JPs in our jurisdiction who could have taken up the position," said one lay magistrate, who asked not to be named.
"Why did they overlook the JPs in this jurisdiction," added the lay magistrate.
However, Harding, who served as custos of St Andrew jurisdiction for more than four years, told her colleagues that she is being replaced "by someone who will do great".
"Let me just say to the membership here that the custos before me was also a Kingston justice of the peace," said Harding.
"Kingston and St Andrew are a corporation and the only thing she cannot do is serve in the courts," added Harding.
President of the association, attorney Peter Champagnie, also welcomed Parchment Brown as he voiced thanks for the work Harding did.
"I think the appointment was a great choice and we certainly pledge our support. And as was indicated, the former custos, Carmen Stewart, was also a Kingston justice of the peace, and as I understand, the position does allow that to happen," said Champagnie.
Parchment Brown is to take up office tomorrow.