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Legislation coming to punish rogue JPs

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2016 | 9:00 PM

The Justice Ministry has warned that legislation is coming to punish Justices of the Peace (JPs) who breach the code of conduct governing their office.

The warning was issued by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Carol Palmer, who says the ministry continues to receive reports of JPs operating in breach of their code of conduct.

Among the breaches she cited were JPs charging a fee for their services and allowing family members to use their stamps to certify documents.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Montego Bay on Thursday, Palmer reminded that the services provided by JPs are free.

She also cautioned that allowing family members to use an official stamp is a serious breach and called for an immediate end to the practice.