Seventy Barbadians, including two Government ministers and two Senators, were officially sworn in by Acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves this morning as Justices of the Peace (JPs).
During a ceremony at Government House, Minister of Social Care, Community Development and Constituency Empowerment Steve Blackett and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Small Business Development Donville Inniss took the Oath of Allegiance and Judicial Oath, along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harcourt Husbands and another Government Senator, Andre Worrell.
General Secretary of the ruling Democratic Labour Party George Pilgrim was also among the inductees, which included 47 men and 23 women, who have been added to the list of 1,000 JPs already serving on the island.
According to a source at Cabinet Office, JPs carry out numerous duties, including administering oaths to electoral officers under the Representation of the People Act.
Under the Immigration Act, they also sign passport photographs and assist people who may be applying for resident status.
Members of Parliament usually recommend persons for such appointments before they are appointed by warrant by the Governor General, at the approval of the Prime Minister.