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Britain provides $51m boost to fight corruption in Jamaica

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The British Government has provided $51 million to the Ministry of Justice to boost efforts to fight corruption in the island.

The move towards the Unification of Jamaica's Prosecutorial Services was solidified with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the ministry and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) last Wednesday.

David Osborne, DFID Country Representative for Jamaica announced at the signing which was held at the ministry's that the sum will be provided to fund the Unification of Prosecutorial Services in order to boost the office's capability to tackle major organised crime and complex criminal cases in Jamaica.

According to the ministry, under the partnership, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) will be restructured with Clerks of Courts being placed under the jurisdiction of the ODPP instead of the Chief Justice as currently pertains.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck expressed that this change will assist with the reduction of the backlog of cases in the courts, as the Clerks of the Courts will now function at a higher level, with their administrative duties reduced to allow for increased and more effective prosecutions.

British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad expressed similar sentiments that the pending changes will help achieve better prosecution of cases and faster, more efficient use of the Courts.

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, in making her comments at the signing, expressed her appreciation for the aid being provided by DFID and pledged full support to the “realisation of a standalone Prosecution Service”.


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