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JAMAICA | House passes MOCA, Justices of the Peace Act 2017

Jamaica's Justice Minister Delroy Chuck pilots Justices of the Peace Act 2017 Jamaica's Justice Minister Delroy Chuck pilots Justices of the Peace Act 2017
KINGSTON, Jamaica January 31, 2018 -  The House of Representatives yesterday passed the long awaited Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Bill, as well as two Bills expanding the functions of Justices of the Peaces.

The MOCA Bill,  piloted by National Security Minister Robert Montague, provides for the establishment of a statutory law enforcement agency to be known as the  Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, MOCA.

The agency will have operational independence and authority and in collaboration with other local and foreign law enforcement agencies and strategic partners, be dedicated to combating serious crime,

The agency will have a dedicated, specialised team of investigators, and it will investigate and prosecute complex cases mainly involving organised criminal networks.

The MOCA Bill includes an executive committee to exclusively investigate complaints made against personnel assigned to the elite investigative body outside of the jurisdiction of INDECOM.

The Justices of the Peace Act 2017, piloted by Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, includes provisions for increasing maximum fines that can be imposed by Justices of the Peace - JPs - from $2,000 to $50,000.

The provisions also increase the terms of imprisonment which can be imposed by the JPs, and widen their jurisdiction outside a single parish.

The amendments are among decisions taken to incorporate the provisions of the Justices of the Peace (Official Seals) Act in the same legislation, and repeal that Act, so as to provide for a consolidated regime with respect to the administrative affairs of the office of Justice of the Peace.

The other Bill is the Court of Petty Sessions (Miscellaneous) Act 2017, which will effect the name change of the petty session courts.

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