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Legal Officers' Association joins calls for better security for prosecutors

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2015 | 1:16 PM

The Legal Officers' Staff Association has joined calls for improved security arrangements for prosecutors and staff at courthouses.

In a statement, the Association says it too strongly condemns what it calls the brazen and dastardly attack on a female prosecutor at the Spanish Town courthouse last week.

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The prosecutor was robbed while taking files from her car as she prepared for court.

The Association says the incident represents an assault on the entire justice system and highlights issues related to systemic crime and violence in Jamaica.

According to the body, legal officers have been left to arrange their own safety and security measures due to the little to no provisions being made by the relevant authorities.

It stresses that this is an unfortunate situation.

The association says the relevant authorities must move to put proper security measures in place at courthouses to safeguard prosecutors and staff.

Meanwhile, the association is assuring that legal officers will continue to ensure that they pursue their mandate of delivering justice in a timely manner and with the highest standards.

The Justice Ministry has indicated that it will be renewing discussions with the Jamaica Constabulary Force to find a solution to meet the security needs of prosecutors.