LINSTEAD, St Catherine:
THE CADRE of justices of the peace (JPs) serving St Catherine received a significant boost last Thursday, with the swearing-in of 70 new members.
Among those sworn in at a ceremony held at Bread of Life Ministries in Linstead were Sandra Swyer-Watson, principal, St Jago High School; former Mayor of Spanish Town, Dr Andrew Wheatley, and Beverley Hall-Taylor, executive director, National Council for Senior Citizens.
Justice Minister Mark Golding implored the new appointees to undertake their tasks with balance, probity, and a high level of integrity.
Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Justice Ministry, Robert Rainford, who delivered the main address against the theme 'Truth and Reconciliation, The Vision for a New Jamaica' called for the JPs to lead by example and be agents of reconciliation.
"Dare to be different, you are the dispenser of justice in your community, you are keepers of the peace, people of high moral value and integrity. Serve with distinction, protect the seal, guard it as your instrument of authority," he implored.
In the meantime, Minister of Water, Environment, Land and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for North West St Catherine, Robert Pickersgill, charged the JPs to promote and instil good values in the society.
"I encourage you to execute your duties, always mindful of the dig-nity that the post justice of the peace demands and serve the citizens of our beloved nation with integrity and honour," said Pickersgill.
St Catherine now has 470 justices of the peace.
- Karen Sudu