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New justices of the peace installed

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From left: Vice president of the Lay Magistrates Association, Suzette Ramdani Linton, Howard Dears, justice of the peace share lens with newly installed JPs, Ferris Gordon-Wilson and Denton Cooper at their installation ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre recently.
Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck (centre) shares lens time with new Justice of the Peace, Judy Farmer and her husband Courtney Hamilton during an installation ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last Thursday
Newly elected Justice of the Peace Roger Williams, flanked by his wife Levoice Williams (right) and his sister-in-law Christene Bicarie.
From left: President of the Lay Magistrates Association, Claudette Bryan, General Manager of Sunscape Resort, Evatt Bloomfield and businesswoman Nancy Maffessanti.
Sandra Miller-Hall and Pino Maffessanti at an installation ceremony for new Justices of the Peace in the parish of St. James at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last Thursday
From left Newly elected Justices of the Peace Orlen Dears, Resident Magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines and Roger Shippey at an installation ceremony for Justices of the Peace in the parish of St. James at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last Thursday
General Manager of the Montego Bay Convention Centre Dittie Guise, flanked by two of Jamaica's best classical singers, Rory Frankson (left) and David Feare after being installed as a Justice of the Peace.
Senior Resident Magistrate for the parish of St James Sandria Wong-Small hands over Justice of the Peace official stamp to Montego Bay businessman Roshan Ramchandani.
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Thirty-five community activists were officially installed as justices of the peace (JPs) in a beautiful ceremony, complemented by the sweet sounds of Rory Frankson and David Feare, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Thursday, September 8.

The members of the group, representing a wide cross section of professionals in the parish of St James, were conferred with their new titles by the president of the St James Lay Magistrates' Association, Claudette Bryan.

Bryan, who was representing Custos of St James Ewen Corrodus, reminded the group they were now part of a distinguished office dating back to the 13th century.

Lauding their enthusiasm, dedication and tenacity, Bryan said the new justices of the peace would certainly make a positive impact on the society.

Reminding the new JPs of the responsibilities of the role they have committed to, Bryan implored them to take their duties seriously and make their mark. "You must be of unquestionable character; you must be involved heavily in community work and plans for future involvement; you must make yourselves available to serve (including ongoing training); and you must maintain a good relationship with members of the public," she told the inductees.

Here are the highlights.

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