Twenty-five Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of Manchester were yesterday commissioned into service with pleas for them to take their responsibilities seriously.
At a ceremony at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Principal Director of the Justice Training Institute, Professor George Belnavis, said there is a perception that Justices of the peace merely sign documents.
However, he said their roles and functions extend far beyond that noting that JPs are often called upon when the police want summons and warrants to be signed.
And Professor Belnavis noted that a false declaration could lead to a fine of $3 million or two years’ imprisonment.
This counsel comes at a time when corruption among some Justices of the peace is being highlighted by media, more recently the solicitation of one JP to commit murder.
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