New JPs take oath of office

Seventy Barbadians, including two Government ministers and two Senators, were officially sworn in by Acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves this morning as Justices of the Peace (JPs).

During a ceremony at Government House, Minister of Social Care, Community Development and Constituency Empowerment Steve Blackett and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Small Business Development Donville Inniss took the Oath of Allegiance and Judicial Oath, along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harcourt Husbands and another Government Senator, Andre Worrell.

General Secretary of the ruling Democratic Labour Party George Pilgrim was also among the inductees, which included 47 men and 23 women, who have been added to the list of 1,000 JPs already serving on the island.

According to a source at Cabinet Office, JPs carry out numerous duties, including administering oaths to electoral officers under the Representation of the People Act.

Under the Immigration Act, they also sign passport photographs and assist people who may be applying for resident status.

Members of Parliament usually recommend persons for such appointments before they are appointed by warrant by the Governor General, at the approval of the Prime Minister.

Source: (DH)

12 Responses to New JPs take oath of office

  1. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler November 8, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I promise not to steal from all my clients and only keep the interest from their money I deposit in my account.

  2. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald November 8, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Lol I promise to be truthful honest do no wrong an uphold the law so help me God

  3. hcalndre November 9, 2017 at 8:33 am

    JPs should have some knowledge of the law, not be a JP because of connections or a money making affair. They are given the authority to sign warrants so the police could go have a warrant signed to search some one`s home but would they question the police to see if there is probable cause or just sign because the police say they want to search X, Y, Z`s car or home, once at a funeral when the eulogy read it said that this person was a JP, knowing the person not a bad person but to be a JP sure had me surprised. Signing pictures for a passport or anything similar is no problem.

  4. roger headley November 9, 2017 at 9:24 am

    George Pilgrim is one – LOllllll

  5. milli watt November 9, 2017 at 10:39 am

    awwwwwwwwwwwww……how tweet

  6. gsmiley November 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Being a JP is a money making affair @hcaindre??

    • hcalndre November 10, 2017 at 10:40 am

      @gsmiley; its a public service not a money making affair, the 70 new JPs maybe a payback or a reward for something in the future.

  7. Tom November 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Too many of them. There is a need to find more useful work for them. The selection process has become too politically tainted

  8. Belfast November 9, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    What really are the duties of a JP. Seems to me that a JP is as outdated as a Member of the British Empire medal/award.

    • J.C. P. November 15, 2017 at 12:54 am

      The USA has justices of the peace too. Nothing to do with British Empire. People really don’t know what JPs do? The article just explained. If someone want’s to verify the person filling out a form is actually the person. Lets say form is for a bank account, or insurance policy etc. If you don’t want to mail your IDs, or appear in person you can goto the JP the JP will add their crimped stamp to the form saying they saw the live photo IDs in hand, in person, whatever, and the copies attached (or enclosed) are from off that true ID. Not a fake or forgery. In the USA the JPs can also marry people if the two people don’t want a religious marriage. Banks are supposed to have one or two JPs 1000 across Barbados isn’t necc. too many at all. You’re always supposed to have a JP near that you can get official documents signed and stamped. If you never do any worthwhile/official/interntional business you’ll never need one though.

  9. Tony Webster November 10, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Fall-back positions clearly in evidence. Hmmmm…portents not good. All underdtsndable.

  10. Alex Alleyne November 13, 2017 at 8:58 am

    BARBADOS NEED A “SMALL CLAIMS COURT” and put these persons to WORK.


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