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Jamaica appoints new honorary consul to Atlanta

Friday, August 29, 2014    

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JEWEL Scott, an attorney-at-law, is Jamaica's new honorary consul to Atlanta.

Foreign Minister A J Nicholson, who made the announcement yesterday, said Scott's appointment took effect on Tuesday, August 26.

Scott filled the vacancy left in 2013 after the retirement of honorary consul Vin Martin, who passed away in July this year.

As honorary consul, Scott will provide consular services to Jamaicans and persons wishing to visit Jamaica, and to promote the development of social, cultural and commercial relationships between Jamaica and Atlanta.

She has more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession and has served in many capacities in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the United States of America. In 2004, she made history when she was elected to public office as the first black female District Attorney for the Clayton Judicial Circuit in Georgia, where she was responsible for all aspects of the management of the District Attorney's Office. During her tenure, she successfully implemented the first "Pre-Trial Diversion Programme" in that judicial circuit, for the first time. She also implemented the "Boys to Men" mentoring programme for at-risk boys in an effort to curb the incidence of juvenile offenders.

In 2008, Scott returned to private practice where she focused on family law, criminal law and mediation in civil matters. In the course of her work, she has encountered a number of Jamaicans for whom she has provided legal representation as well as advice on several matters," the foreign ministry said.

"Having been sensitised to some of these issues, her experience in the legal field will be an asset.

Scott was born in Manchester and grew up in Hanover. She obtained her Bachelor of Law from the University of the West Indies, Barbados in 1982, a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in 1984 and her Juris Doctor from the Mercer University School of Law, Georgia in 2000. She credits her commitment to service to her parents, Rev Seymour and Lurline Hanson and her Christian and educational upbringing in Jamaica.

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