Chuck Insists on NO Pay for Justices of the Peace


Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, is urging Justices of the Peace, JPs, to put to rest the notion that they’ll be financially compensated.

There have been calls for the government to implement a compensation package for Lay Magistrates and JPs.

But, Minister Chuck says compensating JPs would further promote the corrupt practices that some of them are involved in.

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The Justice Minister says the government is however, considering a recommendation to pay Lay Magistrates.

But, he says that is unlikely to happen anytime soon, as the nation’s economy is still struggling.

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Minister Chuck says the government’s priority is to improve the economy.

And, he says the justice system plays a critical role in that initiative.

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Delroy Chuck was speaking yesterday at Medallion Hall Hotel in St Andrew during a graduation ceremony for Justices of the Peace who’ve received specialised training to become Lay Magistrates, at Medallion Hall.

About 40 Lay Magistrates from Kingston and St Andrew graduated from the training programme.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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