Grange Pays Tribute Former Deputy PM Baugh – A Wonderful Person

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has given the following statement on the passing of the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr Kenneth Baugh. “I’m very saddened by his passing. I really loved Dr Baugh dearly. He was one of the nicest individuals. As Minister, he was humble. As Deputy Prime Minister, he was extremely humble. He was really a humble person, excellent physician and surgeon. He was just a wonderful person. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he contributed tremendously in how we conducted the business of the nation internationally. As Minister of Health, he made great strides in setting our policy on a very progressive journey and he must be credited for a number of things that have been done in health under the Jamaica Labour Party administrations. And he was one of the outstanding medical practitioners of Jamaica. His contribution was in so many ways and his community service was tremendous. Story Highlights The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has given the following statement on the passing of the former Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr Kenneth Baugh.Minister’s Statement:“I’m very saddened by his passing. I really loved Dr Baugh dearly. He was one of the nicest individuals. As Minister, he was humble. As Deputy Prime Minister, he was extremely humble. He was really a humble person, excellent physician and surgeon. He was just a wonderful person.As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he contributed tremendously in how we conducted the business of the nation internationally. As Minister of Health, he made great strides in setting our policy on a very progressive journey and he must be credited for a number of things that have been done in health under the Jamaica Labour Party administrations. And he was one of the outstanding medical practitioners of Jamaica. His contribution was in so many ways and his community service was tremendous.Dr Baugh was one of those individuals who could stand above the fray; a real statesman. He never got caught up in partisan politics although he was firmly a Jamaica Labour Party man. He was able to reach out to others and to ensure that there was a good relationship between both sides of the House. And in his everyday life, he cared for so many regardless of politics.I was really saddened by his illness and now that he has passed, it has left a void.I want to express my condolences to his widow, Vilma; to the entire family; to his children; to his close sister, Lorna Myers; to the party — we’re all going to miss him. We really loved him dearly. And I know he’s at peace. He’s truly going to be missed. There’s going to be a great void.” read more

Govt Looking To Train More Dispute Resolution Mediators

Story Highlights This, according to Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, forms part of plans to significantly reduce the backlog of court cases. “The way in which fewer cases can go to the courts is for us to use alternative dispute resolution. Therefore, the Ministry will be pushing [for] the training of trainers in mediation because we need more mediators across the island. I will continue to go across the different parishes to ensure that, in every community, we can resolve disputes in a timely manner… using alternative dispute resolution,” he said, while noting that key stakeholders, such as lay magistrates, have pivotal roles to play. The Government is looking to train more alternative dispute resolution mediators.This, according to Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, forms part of plans to significantly reduce the backlog of court cases.“The way in which fewer cases can go to the courts is for us to use alternative dispute resolution. Therefore, the Ministry will be pushing [for] the training of trainers in mediation because we need more mediators across the island. I will continue to go across the different parishes to ensure that, in every community, we can resolve disputes in a timely manner… using alternative dispute resolution,” he said, while noting that key stakeholders, such as lay magistrates, have pivotal roles to play.“We must [be able to] show results… and for our local and international partners and all of Jamaica to see results, it means that justice must be delivered in a timely way,” he emphasised.The Minister was speaking at a training seminar for judges and lay magistrates, dubbed ‘Train the Trainer Session: Lay Magistrates’ Court’, at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Saturday (September 28).Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck reiterated the Government’s commitment to expanding and promoting restorative justice as an alternative for curbing crime. This, he said, will aid in improving the justice system’s efficiency.“Restorative justice must play its part, not only in the schools and the churches, but also the communities. We believe mediation can help Jamaicans solve the conflicts in the communities in Jamaica. We solve far too many problems with violence. This cannot be the way,” he argued.The three-day training session, which ran from September 27 to 29, was organised by the Justice Training Institute (JTI) in tandem with the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Project, and National Integrity Action (NIA), under the theme ‘Learning through Shared Experience: A Model Approach to Empowering Lay Magistrates as Adjudicators’.It formed part of a strategic partnership between the Governments of Jamaica and Canada to further develop and bolster the nation’s justice sector. The Government is looking to train more alternative dispute resolution mediators. read more