Order of Jamaica
|Order of Jamaica|
|Awarded by Jamaica|
|Type||Single grade Order|
|Eligibility||Jamaicans; also, foreigners may be given honorary membership|
|Awarded for||Outstanding distinction|
|Motto||"For a covenant of the people"|
|Next (higher)||Order of Merit|
|Next (lower)||Order of Distinction|
Ribbon of the award
The Order of Jamaica is the fifth of the six orders in the Jamaican honours system. The Order was established in 1969, and it is considered the equivalent of a knighthood in the British honours system.
Membership in the Order can be conferred upon any Jamaican citizen of outstanding distinction. Honorary membership in the Order can be conferred upon any distinguished citizen of a country other than Jamaica.
Members and Honorary Members are entitled to:
- wear the insignia of the Order as a decoration,
- be styled "The Honourable",
- use the post-nominal letters "OJ" (for Members) or "OJ (Hon.)" (for Honorary Members).
The motto of the Order is "For a covenant of the people".
- Order of Jamaica. Office of the Prime Minister.