Custos of Trelawny, Paul Muschett, hailed Justices of the Peace (JPs) in the parish for their contribution to nation building. "Justices of the Peace are true pillars of their community," Muschett said. "For years, they have been giving yeoman service to country and are due every respect. This is voluntary service, which makes their work even the more meaningful," he noted.
Muschett was speaking at an award ceremony to honour four veteran JPs, at the New Testament Church of God in Clark's Town.
The JPs served a combined 163 years: Evelyn Spence 47; Delroy Anderson 42, and Fitzroy Buchanan and Ezra Blake 37 each.
Regional vice-president of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica, Dr Lynden Rose, said JPs have shown "unwavering devotion to their country and have tirelessly been answering the call of duty for decades."
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, in extending commendations to the JPs, said they are true role models, whose work many in civil society should emulate. She encouraged them to continue to put service above self and to never be afraid to lead.
"Never let your fear of failure prevent you from optimising your potential or from maintaining the audacity of hope," she said.