'Avoid corruption' ...Chuck says JPs who act inappropriately will be decommissioned

September 09, 2016
Delroy Chuck, Minister of Justice.

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck is urging Justices of the Peace (JPs) to stay clear of corrupt practises, warning that they will be decommissioned and publicly exposed.

Addressing a Ministry of Justice-sponsored Community Sensitisation Session at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, on Thursday, Chuck said the ministry is aware that there are a few JPs giving the Lay Magistrates profession a bad name, and every effort will be made to pull them from the system.

“I want to make myself very clear on this matter. Any Justice of the Peace who acts inappropriately will be decommissioned. We can’t have Justices of the Peace signing and recommending people that they don’t know. That is contrary to what you had pledged to do,” he said.

The minister said he is encouraging all well-intentioned JPs to speak out against those who are bent on tarnishing the image of Lay Magistrates, so they can be removed immediately from their duties.

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