The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is a Government of Jamaica ministerial entity, headed by the Minister of Justice. It was formed at the end of October 2001 when it was separated from the then Ministry of National Security and Justice. Over the years the Ministry of Justice has been paired and separated from the Ministry of National Security on more than one occasion. The Ministry of Justice is the lead administrator of Justice in Jamaica and therefore administers legislation, delivers justice services, and provides policy support and analysis on justice issues.
Vision Statement A nation empowered by a dynamic system of care, education, and training Mission Statement Providing quality care and education in an innovative, inclusive, and enabling environment thereby creating socially conscious and productive Jamaicans. Mrs. Williams is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) by profession. She has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA (cum laude) in Economics from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mrs. Williams was elected Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern in the recent general election
The Labour Division of the Ministry commenced operations in 1938 as an Employment Bureau. The Bureau was the first official response to growing unemployment, which was spreading throughout Jamaica during that period. The relationship between employer and employee at the time was one of master and servant. This gave rise to grave economic disparities within the population as most persons received low wages and had poor living and working conditions.
The Ministry of Finance & Public Service (MOFPS), has overall responsibility for developing the Government’s fiscal and economic policy framework; collecting and allocating public revenues and playing an important role in the socio-economic development of the country in creating a society in which each citizen has every prospect of a better quality of life. The priority goals of the Ministry are geared towards: Enabling growth and national development through a sound and predictable macroeconomic policy framework that maintains low inflation, stable exchange rates and competitive interest rates; Improving revenue administration by creating a simple, equitable, and competitive tax environment to ensure greater compliance and enhance growth.
The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing was formed in January, 2012, taking on housing portfolio which was previously, a part of the Ministry of Water and Housing. The Ministry’s primary responsibility continues to be the country’s land, marine and air transport as well as the main road network, including bridges, drains, gullies, embankments and other such infrastructure. Having taken on the Housing portfolio, the Ministry’s remit will also now include the facilitation, development and implementation of access to legal, adequate and affordable housing solutions for the Jamaican people.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is the pre-eminent Government organization whose mandate is “To ensure the provision of quality health services and to promote healthy lifestyles and environmental practices”.
The Ministry, together with its Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), Agencies and related organizations make up the public health system and are responsible for health care delivery across the island.