Jamaican JP acquitted of breaching nightly curfew

Seymour Simpson, a Justice of the Peace from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica was acquitted when he appeared in the St. Elizabeth Parish Court on March 17, 2021, after the investigating officer failed to show for a third time. Simpson was charged for breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) in April 2020.

Reports from the Pedro Plains Police are that on April 9, 2020 they were conducting routine operations in the Pedro Plains area of St. Elizabeth, when Simpson was seen having drinks at a bar during the nightly curfew.

According to the Police, Simpson was told to leave the bar and head home but failed to heed the order, saying that the bar was a part of his home. Simpson is also alleged to have told the police that Justices of the Peace were exempt from the DRMA, noting that they were classified as essential workers.