New Trelawny JPs urged to avoid corruption
Trelawny's 76,000 residents now have a cohort of 249 justices of the peace to serve them. This is a result of 22 new justices being installed at an installation ceremony held at Mangos Beach Resort in the parish last Friday.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck called on Custos Paul Muschett to have another 70 justices installed by November.
"Custos, I want you to identify persons whose integrity cannot be questioned and make them justices. That will help to make justice more available to the citizenry. Each parish needs at least 1,000 justices," Chuck said.
The newly installed justices were challenged by president of The Trelawny Lay Magistrates' Association Justice Ken Grant Jr to "love people, do your duty, avoid corruption, and attend Petty Sessions Court when detailed to do so".
Meanwhile, Justice the Rev Junior Rutty noted that none of the 22 newly installed justices of the peace were under 30 years old. "The generation gap needs to be closed," he said.