Hon Minister for Justice, Immigration and National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore, says that a family court is at the top of the list of priorities for Government and will be pursued in 2017.
Hon Blackmoore was speaking at a press briefing on Friday, January 13 at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room.
He says the establishment of a family court will play a critical role in juvenile related cases.
“We have to find a much more standardized way of dealing with family matters in this country, matters relating to juveniles, divorce and child maintenance. These are important issues that have to be confronted going forward,” he told the press.
Part of the plans, the minister says, is the construction of a juvenile centre for delinquent youth. He believes this will assist in the rehabilitation process.
“What we want to say to the young boy or young girl who has gotten his or herself in some issues with the law is that we do not want to expose you to the full extent of the criminal justice system. We want to work with you.”
Hon Blackmoore further explained that his ministry is looking to designate specialized staff to provide counseling, supervise probation and generally enhance efforts to provide protection for the youth.