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JAMAICA | Justices of the Peace warned to follow the law or face the consequences

Featured President of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica,  Errol Greene President of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica, Errol Greene
KINGSTON, Jamaica, October 15, 2018 - Justices of the Peace who allow themselves to be controlled by gangsters is a serious Breach of the Conduct on the office which can lead to withdrawal of the Commission by the Governor General. This is the word from President of the The Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica, (LMAJ) Errol Greene.

A Press Release to the effect from the LMAJ's National President Errol Greene, was an apparent reaction to statements made by the Minister of Justice last weekend at a Justice of the Peace training session regarding the way some Justices of the Peace operate in the execution of their duties.

The LMAJ said it condemned the action of any Justice of the Peace who allowed oneself to be controlled by gangsters as this is a serious Breach of the Conduct on the office.

"The collection of payment for services rendered and the sale of government documents such as passport application forms is yet another Breach which will only bring the office of Justice of the Peace into question," the release stated.

The organization called for  the strongest action to be taken against these individuals who are caught engaging in these illegal practice.

The LMAJ  president has called on "well thinking and honest Jamaicans to report these Justices of the Peace who operate in this corrupt manner to the Custos of the parish and the police."

On the matter of Justices of the Peace giving recommendation to persons outside of the parish in which they live and operate, the LMAJ reminded  persons that the Justice of the Peace Act of 2018 gives expanded roles to Justices of the Peace.

The LMAJ president said "at no time will [the organization] accept Justices of the Peace within its ranks who continue to bring the office into disrepute but will seek to have such individuals removed."

 

Last modified onMonday, 15 October 2018 06:04
  • Countries: Jamaica

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