Justice Centre for Santa Cruz soon

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — A justice centre aimed at providing easier access to services such as mediation and restorative justice as well as training for mediators, will be established in this south-central town this year, says Justice Minister Delroy Chuck.

During a visit last week, Chuck inspected a relatively large section of land covered in scrub and trees behind the Santa Cruz courthouse and police station, on which the facility will be erected.

Chuck said the space will also provide parking for people who attend court. Currently, many people park their vehicles on the street on court days, creating a traffic hazard.

As explained by Chuck, all 14 parishes are in line for a justice centre of the type being planned for Santa Cruz. “It will be a place where people can come and get information (and training)” on issues such as restorative justice, mediation, human trafficking, and child abuse, the minister explained.

“It will serve like a legal aid clinic … there will be personnel there who will be able to give information on justice matters,” he said.

The minister told Jamaica Observer Central that the Santa Cruz facility will be established this financial year. He declined to say how much it will cost, saying only that “money is available… enough to put it in”.

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