Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck addresses the newly commissioned Justices of the Peace, during a ceremony held at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes Clarendon on Friday, October 28. Looking on are Custos Rotulorum for Clarendon, Hon. William Shagoury (second right) and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Owen Brown (right).

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has called on justices of the peace to maintain a high standard of integrity in the conduct of their duties.

The justice minister was addressing the commissioning ceremony for 34 new JPs held at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes Clarendon, on Friday.

Minister Chuck said he was aware of those JPs who abuse their post and whose sole aim is to receive a reward.

The justice minister said that through his ministry, JPs will receive ongoing sensitisation and training, which will better enable them to carry out their roles.

He urged justices of the peace to partner with the police in the fight against crime, while encouraging the use of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, restorative justice and victim support, as a means of settling disagreements outside of the courtroom.

A justice of the peace is a person of unquestionable integrity, who seeks to promote and protect the rights of individuals.

JPs are constituted, empowered, and governed by the Justices of the Peace Act, 2018.