Minister Shaw Urges Local Entities to Get JANAAC Stamp of Approval

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging more Jamaican entities to get certified through the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) in order to lift their standards and elevate their position in the global marketplace. The Minister was speaking at JANAAC Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) Breakfast at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew on Friday (June 7). Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging more Jamaican entities to get certified through the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) in order to lift their standards and elevate their position in the global marketplace.The Minister was speaking at JANAAC Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) Breakfast at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew on Friday (June 7).He praised the entity for its ongoing work in providing conformity assessment bodies (CABs) with internationally recognised accreditation services and training.These include public and private sector laboratories (testing, medical and calibration); inspection bodies such as the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division; and certification bodies such as the National Certification Body of Jamaica.Minister Shaw noted that JANAAC has the enviable position of being the only such internationally recognised accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean.In her remarks, Chief Executive Officer, Sharonmae Shirley, said that the number of bodies accredited by JANAAC has grown from eight to 33 over the last five years and continues to climb.Mrs. Shirley said the agency also serves clients in the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.JANAAC provides technical training for personnel working within CABs and facilitates the sharing of technical information with stakeholders.The agency is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation’s (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for the International Organization for Standardization-International/Electro-technical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17025 testing laboratories scope.“As a pillar in the national [and regional] quality infrastructure, we are proud to support our exporters and manufacturers, while ensuring consumer safety [through] assessment procedures [that] meet the rigours of the globally-accepted conformity assessment standards,” Mrs. Shirley said.The breakfast function was held to mark World Accreditation Day on June 9 under the theme: ‘Accreditation; Adding Value to Supply Chains.’During the event, accreditation certificates for ISO/IEC 17025 were presented to the Veterinary Services Division’s (VSD) Diagnostic Laboratory, and the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division, which fall under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. He praised the entity for its ongoing work in providing conformity assessment bodies (CABs) with internationally recognised accreditation services and training. read more

List Of Probate And Divorce Cases To Be Cleared By End Of

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is projecting that the list of probate and divorce cases in the court system will be cleared up by the end of 2019. Story Highlights He made the disclosure while speaking on Saturday (September 28) at a training seminar for judges and lay magistrates, at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James. Mr. Chuck noted that measures implemented by the Ministry to clear the backlog, have resulted in a consistent reduction in the number of probates and divorce cases, with reports of matters being disposed of within six months. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is projecting that the list of probate and divorce cases in the court system will be cleared up by the end of 2019.He made the disclosure while speaking on Saturday (September 28) at a training seminar for judges and lay magistrates, at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James.Mr. Chuck noted that measures implemented by the Ministry to clear the backlog, have resulted in a consistent reduction in the number of probates and divorce cases, with reports of matters being disposed of within six months.“Only recently, I have heard from a number of attorneys that they are getting probates done within three months. Now this is revolutionary because probates were taking two years and five years. The Chief Justice (Bryan Sykes) intimated that probates and divorces, which used to take two years, are now being done within six months,” he informed.The Justice Minister also informed of improvements in the completion rate of criminal cases brought before courts, since the start of this year.He pointed to the Chief Justice’s comments that the judicial system needs to clear 130 cases per 100 to fully address the backlog.“For the first quarter of this year, for every 100 cases that came in, 103 cases were completed and in the second quarter April to June. for every 100 cases that came in, 108 cases were done. What we are looking for by the end of the year [is] that for every 100 cases, we [clear] over 130 cases,” he informed.Minister Chuck also stated the need to use plea bargaining, to further reduce the backlog of cases.“What we want to do is to use moral suasion to see if we can get the cases completed on time. So the Chief Justice hopes that within a short period of time, court cases can be completed within 24 months, but if they are not completed within 24 months, hopefully 36 months. For that to happen, it has to be attacked from all angles. First, persons who are guilty must feel to accept their responsibility and go and beg for mercy,” he stated.Meanwhile, Minister Chuck commended the organisers of the training initiative, stating that “any measure to improve the professional competence of lay magistrates is a bold step in the right direction”.“I want an army of competent and committed Lay Magistrates who will play a pivotal role in the reform of the justice sector,” he stated.For her part, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to supporting justice reform in Jamaica.She said the training session represents a model approach used in Canada and provides an opportunity for “everyone to experience new methods of learning and to assess and improve their own approaches and professional practice”.The three-day training session was organised by the Justice Training Institute, Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) and the National Integrity Action (NIA).It was held under the theme, Learning through shared experience: A model approach to empowering Lay Magistrates as adjudicators.It forms part of a strategic partnership between the Governments of Jamaica and Canada to develop and improve the nation’s justice sector. read more