Justice Ministry proposes changes for JP regime
The Justice Ministry is proposing to make a number of changes to the regime which governs Justices of Peace (JPs).
Portfolio minister, Delroy Chuck, said the ministry is looking at expanding the geographical jurisdiction of JPs to give them islandwide coverage; introduce sanctions where JPs are involved in criminal activities; increase sanctions where negligence has resulted in the loss of the JP Seals where they charge for services rendered.
Chuck further said consideration is also being given to give a stipend to JPs to offsets the costs for serving in the courts.
He noted that JPs spend between four hours and six hours per day adjudicating cases which they are assigned each year and must forgo economic activities to do so.
The justice minister said that there are currently between 5,000 and 6,000 serving JPs across the island, many of whom are overworked.
He said the justice ministry will be working with the Custodes to empower and strengthen the capacity of JPs.