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Workshop targets JPs

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Justices of the peace (JPs) in St Mary have pledged to support an innovative scheme that aims to increase the number of JPs in 50 volatile and vulnerable communities across the country.

On Wednesday, dozens of residents and JPs packed the hall at the Tacky High School in Gayle for a consultation workshop delivered by the senior director for criminal and civil justice administration in the Ministry of Justice, Kathlene Arnold, and executive director of the Legal Aid Council Hugh Faulkner.

Speaking after the workshop, Arnold was confident that the project would benefit St Mary, where murders increased by more than one-third during the first five months of this year, compared to the same period in 2015.

She said: "We, in association with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), really want to get into CSJP communities to ensure they have enough JPs to represent their areas. We try to explain the roles, functions, and expectations of a JP to encourage persons to apply.