JPs Committed to Protecting Citizens’ Rights during ZOSO


At least one Custos is warning the security forces that they won’t be allowed to detain persons on mere suspicion while operating in the Zones of Special Operations.

Justices of the Peace, JPs, are empowered under the law to help decide if someone should be detained.

They’ll be the first decision makers in the detention centre.

Custos of St. Catherine, the Reverend Jeffrey McKenzie, says the police will need to provide proper documentation in order to convince JPs that someone should be detained.

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And Custos of Manchester, Sally Porteous, says her lay magistrates are ready.

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She says JPs will ensure that the human rights of persons are respected.

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Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the first zone could be declared within the next six days.


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.