Several well-known St Andrew personalities were among the 100 persons added to the list of justices of the peace last Saturday night at Medallion Hall Hotel.
Custos of the parish, Marigold Harding, told The Gleaner that the Kingston 11 and 13 areas are still short of suitable justices of the peace, but efforts are ongoing to fill the gaps. She said that the numbers being sworn in since last year have been decreasing, an indication that they are achieving their goals to have adequate numbers to serve the parish.
"In spite of that, every month, there are losses due to deaths or some persons just can't be found, so we have to keep on checking every area to see where there are demands for JPs," Harding said. "So we hope there will be fewer JPs to swear in each time."
Among the group being sworn in on Saturday were pharmacist/actor, Errol Douglas Teddy Price; director of flight safety for the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Nari Williams-Singh; psychiatrist/columnist Dr Wendel Abel; Guardsman Group head, Kenneth Benjamin; media personality Naomi Francis; Manpower Maintenance Services Limited's CEO, Audrey Hinchcliffe; banker Velmore Lawrence; manager of National Commercial Bank's Matilda's Corner branch, Audrey McIntosh; Nicola Mair and Jamaica College principal, Ruel Reid.
Also among the group of new St Andrew JPs are George Overton and Sonja Sutherland of the Guardsman Group; Jamaica Labour Party Councillor Duane Smith; attorney Peter Champagnie; businessman Nigel Davy; and Fabian Brown, president of the Young Entrepreneurs Association.