Eleven people have been appointed to serve as Justice of the Peace so far this year, with 11 others appointed in 2004.
Among the most recent appointees is Mrs. Angela Martins, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture, who took her oath of office on 12 July.
Also appointed this month was Mr. Timothy Hubbell, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce.
In April, nine people were named to serve as Justice of the Peace. They are: Paulette Conolly-Bailey, Laten Bush, Lloyd Charlton, Andrew Eden, Rosworth McLaughlin, Freda M. Mitchell, Kerry Nixon, Sharon Smith and Brainard Watler.
JPs are appointed by the Governor, under the Summary Jurisdiction Law. The law authorises them to administer oaths and take affidavits, solemn declarations and affirmations in all matters. Other powers include the issuing of summonses.
Justices of the Peace sometimes sit three together to preside in Juvenile Court.
According to the register of JPs maintained by the Clerk of Court, eight people were appointed to serve as JPs last November. They are: Dennis Ebanks, Eugene Ebanks, Garston Grant, Debra Humphreys, Ezzard Miller, Yvonne Miller, Catherine O’Neil and Eddington Powell.
Mr. Kenneth Jefferson received his appointment last August, Mr. Harvey Stephenson last July and Mrs. Gina Ebanks last June.
The Clerk of Court’s registry shows 135 Justices of the Peace plus others who are JPs by virtue of the civil position they hold, such as registrars.