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Justice Ministry hosts sensitisation session

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck (centre) responds to questions from a group of community stakeholders at the ministry’s offices on Constant Spring Road recently during the first of a series of sessions to offer training on justice services and conflict resolution. Also pictured are Permanent Secretary Carol Palmer and head of development cooperation at the Canadian High Commission, Walter Bernyk.

The Ministry of Justice recently hosted the first in a series of sensitisation sessions to equip community leaders with skills to help citizens access justice services, resolve conflicts and prevent crime.

Portfolio Minister Delroy Chuck said the project marks a major step towards returning discipline and respect for the rule of law in Jamaica. Some 120 community leaders, including custodes, justices of the peace, school administrators, teachers, business owners and members of the clergy, attended the inaugural session. The project, which is being carried out through the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation programme, is expected to provide special training for 1,000 persons each month in areas such as restorative justice, child diversion, victim support and legal aid, as well as highlight social ills such as human trafficking, child abuse and domestic violence.

Chuck said the ministry is aiming for peace, civility, good order and improved behaviour in communities, as stability is necessary in achieving sustainable development and fulfilling the Government's goal of economic growth and job creation.

"(We are) looking to motivate, inform, empower and strengthen leaders in every nook and cranny of Jamaica, so we can restore Jamaica to pride of place where we can feel that we live in a society and are not looking to migrate," he said. Chuck said the training will be taken to communities across the island over the upcoming months. He further noted that the ministry is looking to host ongoing sessions with community stakeholders at its head office. Chuck urged participants to pass on the messages and skills acquired and encourage others to participate.


"We are sending a signal to the Jamaican people and, in particular, to all law-abiding and decent citizens of this country to join us in the work that we are doing to safeguard the future of our country as we move towards a just, safe and secure Jamaica," he said.

Permanent secretary in the ministry, Carol Palmer, said the session forms part of the justice ministry's drive to do its part to achieve Jamaica's development goals contained in Vision 2030. She said the ministry continues to reshape the narrative of justice in the country through a programme of infrastructure, with the construction and rehabilitation of several courthouses and facilities; the modernisation of systems and processes; the introduction of information and communications technologies; and the modernisation of legislation to improve the efficiency of courts.