Judiciary Encouraged to Educate the Public on Sentencing Guidelines

first_imgChief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, is calling on members of the legal profession to play a greater role in educating the wider public about sentencing guidelines.She noted that there were legislative provisions that allow for reduced sentences for persons who plead guilty. “You cannot for example, if an accused pleads guilty to manslaughter, after a charge of murder, you cannot sentence the accused based on murder because it is a provision of our law,” she said, explaining that “provocation” reduces murder to manslaughter, adding that “these are all legal principles.”The Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, gives accused persons the opportunity to offer a guilty plea in exchange for a lighter sentence.Mrs Justice McCalla was speaking at a special sitting of the Court of Appeal that was held in her honour at Public Building West, downtown Kingston on January 26.The Chief Justice added that she was depending on members of the Bar and the media to educate the Jamaica citizenry, so they can understand and will not be “traumatised” by what they read in the papers at times.Meanwhile, Mrs. Justice McCalla commended members of the profession who are committed and dedicated to their work and the mission of the court.During the special sitting, members of the Judiciary bade farewell to the outgoing Chief Justice.Chief Justice McCalla, has served the Judiciary in Jamaica with distinction for over 40 years. The sitting was used to show appreciation for the stellar work and legacy she leaves behind. She is expected to demit office on January 31.last_img read more

$27.8 Million Earmarked for Education Sector Reform

first_img A sum of $27.8 million has been earmarked for the ‘Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform’ project in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.The objective of the project, implemented in September 2017, is to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve the performance of the education sector by assisting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to improve coordination across the system.The funds allocated for the new fiscal year will support interventions at the early-childhood level, teachers’ colleges, and provide technical support to the Department of School Services (DSS).At the early-childhood level, a consultant will be engaged to identify and develop a plan of action for the strengthening of partnership between the Early Childhood Commission and the National Parenting Support Commission, while training workshops will be conducted to benefit various stakeholders.For the teachers’ collages, consultants will be hired to undertake improvements to the internal quality-assurance systems of 10 institutions.Focus will be placed on building capacity for teacher education in numeracy and science, including provision of resources to support instruction and improve the ability of training institutions to screen students.The support to the DSS will see experts being engaged to support the Alternate Pathway for Secondary Education (APSE), and staging of workshops to aid in the implementation of new approaches.The project is being jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and is slated to end in March 2020. The funds allocated for the new fiscal year will support interventions at the early-childhood level, teachers’ colleges, and provide technical support to the Department of School Services (DSS). A sum of $27.8 million has been earmarked for the ‘Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform’ project in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives. At the early-childhood level, a consultant will be engaged to identify and develop a plan of action for the strengthening of partnership between the Early Childhood Commission and the National Parenting Support Commission, while training workshops will be conducted to benefit various stakeholders. Story Highlightslast_img read more