Expungement fair in Montego Bay tomorrow

Expungement fair in Montego Bay tomorrow

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


ST JAMES, Jamaica — Residents of Montego Bay and neighbouring communities in St James are being encouraged to attend the expungement fair being hosted by the Legal Aid Council (LAC) tomorrow, Friday (February 21).

The event will be held on Alice Eldemire Drive between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information's Regional Office and the Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Freeport, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Under the Criminal Justice Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, Jamaicans convicted of certain criminal offences can apply for their record to be cleaned after a predetermined rehabilitative period has passed.

“During the youthful stages [people] would have come into conflict with the criminal law and ended up with a criminal record, but this Act provides an opportunity for persons to clear certain offences,” said Executive Director of the LAC, Hugh Faulkner.

Offences including unlawful wounding, assault occasioning bodily harm, malicious destruction of property, possession of and dealing in marijuana are eligible for expungement. Offences such as the export of drugs are not eligible.

Faulkner is encouraging people to take advantage of the opportunity to start the expungement process.

Special forms will be available at the fair, and lawyers will be on hand to provide free guidance on the process.

Faulkner said that expungement provides the opportunity for people to move forward with their lives.

“A conviction could prevent you from accessing certain employment opportunities. A conviction can prevent you from travelling in some instances; it can also prevent you from accessing training in some disciplines. So persons can take this step to clean their records of these offences,” he noted.

Meanwhile, the LAC's Mobile Justice Unit will be at the fair to provide additional legal information and advice to patrons.

“Persons who have questions on maintenance, custody, divorce, property matters they can come and speak to a lawyer. Persons with criminal matters can come and we can assign a lawyer to the criminal matters, but we give advice on the civil matters,” Faulkner said.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT