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Chuck tables Bill to revise monetary penalties in law

Thursday, February 07, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck on Tuesday tabled the Law Reform (Amendment of Penalties) Act 2019 in the House of Representatives.

According to the Memorandum of Objects and Reasons, a decision has been taken to revise penalties where appropriate and where not already provided for, provide a mechanism for amendment of monetary penalties relating to several Acts under the portfolio of the Ministry of Justice, by Ministerial Order.

“This is the revision of penalties of the laws. In this Bill before the House, they relate to matters in the Ministry of Justice. You will see penalties, which in the past were $20, $40 and $100, have now been brought up to date, and we are hoping that shortly they will be dealt with in the House,” Chuck explained.

The minister said he hopes that other ministries will provide their update of the laws soon.

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