Service above self
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn is calling on public servants to commit to service above self.
"We must be mindful of the communities we serve and that the public's interest takes precedence over everything else," she said.
Llewellyn was addressing the Trelawny Association of Lay Magistrates' awards ceremony held recently at the New Testament Church of God in Clark's Town, where four retired lay magistrates from Trelawny were honoured for a combined 160 years of service.
The DPP noted that public servants are always in the spotlight and they must ensure that their actions are above reproach.
"I am not saying that any of us is perfect," she noted. "We, however, must understand that the paradigm has shifted, where it now gives pre-eminence to due process, human rights, and transparency and accountability," she pointed out.
Llewellyn said that public service is a very noble profession and one cannot be "thin skinned" in carrying out his or her duty.
The DPP charged the lay magistrates to carry out their duties with integrity and not allow themselves to be corrupted. She contended that the best and most effective way to stamp out corruption "is for a person to always be willing to do the right thing".