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Judiciary launches National Public Education Symposium

Court Management Services | 2016-06-08 00:00:00

The Honourable Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla OJ, Chief Justice of Jamaica, encouraged members of the public to embrace the reform programmes being implemented in Justice Sector. The Chief Justice was speaking at the Launch of a National Public Education Symposium at the Corporate Area Parish Court (Criminal Division) in Half Way Tree in Kingston. The Symposium was geared towards increasing public awareness of the reforms being undertaken in the Justice Sector and also the services provided by the courts and other stakeholders.

Speaking at the Opening ceremony, Chief Justice Zaila McCalla highlighted the strides that have been made to enhance access to justice. “This initiative is an important aspect of the thrust for justice reform as we seek to engage the public in an opportunity to be better informed about how the justice system works and strategies that have, and are being implemented to improve the justice sector,” said Chief Justice McCalla.

The symposium is the first of its kind for the Judiciary and the Chief Justice is hoping that hosting such events in Kingston and other parishes will assist members of the public in their quest for justice. Of note, is the fact that some members of the public are not aware of the reform initiatives being undertaken and as such disputes sometimes result in criminal offences being committed. Chief Justice McCalla highlighted Mediation, Legal Aid and Counselling as areas that can be utilised more by members of the public. Additionally, the Chief Justice reiterated the need for the courts to forge stronger ties with the communities that they serve.

Among the stakeholders present were: the Office of the Children’s Advocate, the Office of the Children’s Registry, the Office of the Public Defender, the Dispute Resolution Foundation, Victim Services Division (formerly Victim Support Unit) and the Bar Association. Members of the Public were issued with public education material from each booth holder and had pressing questions answered during the day’s event.

The next Public Education Symposium is scheduled for the St. James Parish Court on Thursday June 23, 2016.

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