Ministry of Justice (Jamaica)

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The Ministry of Justice (headed by the Minister of Justice) was established in 2001 after having severed ties with the Ministry of National Security and Justice. As a result, prior to the change in 2001, there are past individuals who were referred to as the Minister of National Security and Justice. Additionally, certain Ministers of Justice has also served simultaneously as the Attorney General of Jamaica.The Ministry of Justice is responsible for tasks such as administering legislation, delivering justice services, and providing policy support and analyses of law-related issues."[1]

List of ministers[edit]

List of Attorney Generals[edit]

See Attorney General of Jamaica for a listing of the individuals who served pre-1962.

  • Victor B. Grant Q.C.[11] (1962-1972)
  • Leacroft Robinson O.J., Q.C.[12] (1972-1976)
  • Carl Rattray Q.C.[3](1976-1980)
  • Winston Spaulding Q.C.[4] (1980-1986)
  • Oswald Harding Q.C. (1986-1989)
  • Carl Rattray Q.C.[3] (1989-1993)
  • David Coore Q.C.[13] (1993-1995)
  • Arnold J. Nicholson Q.C.[6] (2001-2007)
  • Dorothy Lightbourne C.D., Q.C.[7] (2007-2011) [1st female]
  • Ransford Braham Q.C.[14] (July-December 2011)
  • Patrick Atkinson Q.C.[15] (2012-2016)
  • Marlene Malahoo Forte[16] (2016-present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Overview and Role of the Ministry". Ministry of Justice (Government of Jamaica).
  2. ^ "Matalon, Eli - Dictionary definition of Matalon, Eli | FREE online dictionary". Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  3. ^ a b c Limited, Jamaica Observer. "Carl Rattray remembered for great accomplishments, good humour". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  4. ^ a b "Winston Spaulding Minister of National Security and Justice and Attorney General · National Library of Jamaica Digital Collection". Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  5. ^ Affairs, United States Congress House Committee on Foreign (1992). Review of the 1992 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: Hearings Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session, March 3, 4, 11, and 12, 1992. U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 9780160387241.
  6. ^ a b Group, Taylor & Francis (2004). Europa World Year. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781857432541.
  7. ^ a b Latin American Weekly Report. Latin American Newsletters Limited. 2007.
  8. ^ "Chuck Urges JPs to Visit Lockups - Jamaica Information Service". Jamaica Information Service. 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  9. ^ Lansford, Tom (2014-03-20). Political Handbook of the World 2014. CQ Press. ISBN 9781483386263.
  10. ^ "Past Ministers of Justice | Ministry of Justice - Government of Jamaica". Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  11. ^ Jensen, Steven L. B. (2016-02-09). The Making of International Human Rights: The 1960s, Decolonization, and the Reconstruction of Global Values. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316531303.
  12. ^ Indian Advocate. Bar Association of India. 1970.
  13. ^ NA, NA (2016-12-29). The Statesman's Yearbook: 1991-92. Springer. ISBN 9780230271203.
  14. ^ Muller, Tom (2012-04-02). Political Handbook of the World 2012. SAGE. ISBN 9781608719952.
  15. ^ Henry, Paul (January 7, 2012). "Patrick Atkinson to be next attorney general". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  16. ^ "Past Attorneys General | Ministry of Justice - Government of Jamaica". Retrieved 2018-06-23.