MARLENE MALAHOO FORTE QC, MP, JP, took the oath of office and was sworn in as the Attorney-General of Jamaica, in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness-led administration, on March 7, 2016. She is a third term legislator who has served in both Houses of Parliament of Jamaica: Now as the elected Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Saint James West Central (since February 25, 2016); previously as Opposition Senator, with Senate responsibility for Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade (2012-2014) and as Shadow Minister of Health (February 2015 -2016); earlier, as Government Senator and State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade (July 2009 - December 2011).
While in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marlene Malahoo Forte regularly headed Jamaica’s Delegations abroad, including to Heads of State and Heads of Government Conferences.
With twenty years of professional experience in 2016, Marlene Malahoo Forte has had a distinguished legal career at both Bar and Bench and as law lecturer. Highly regarded as a formidable, fair and fearless prosecutor in her time in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, she has had an enviably high success rate in the trial and appellate courts. Well remembered and respected as a no-nonsense Judge of the now Parish Courts, who successfully tackled huge backlog of cases, while disposing of current cases speedily. She has also been a strong advocate for fundamental reform of Jamaica’s Justice Sector. As Consultant Counsel at the private bar from her LexFORTE Chambers, she has also successfully appeared at all levels of the courts, including before the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council in England.
Marlene Malahoo Forte holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree & Diploma in Public Policy and Management from Harvard University (USA), a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Commercial Laws with further specialty in Financial and Regulatory Laws (Commonwealth Scholar) from King’s College London (UK), a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) (Hons) from the University of the West Indies (Barbados) and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School (Jamaica). She also holds a Diploma in International Arbitration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London, England). Marlene Malahoo Forte is also a Yale World Fellow and alum of Yale University (USA) and former head girl of Manning’s School (Westmoreland, Jamaica).
Recognized and honoured internationally, regionally and nationally as a high achiever who gets the job done, while finding time for volunteerism: Named Young Global Leader (2010) by the World Economic Forum; Top Young Person in the West Indies (2010) by Junior Chamber International; Kiwanis Club of New Kingston Vueve Clicquot Professional Woman of Excellence and Bigga High Achiever in the Legal & Justice System. Also named amongst “WHO’S WHO” in Jamaica, Marlene Malahoo Forte is a past Chairman of United Way of Jamaica’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.
2019 - Present
MRS. MARLENE ALDRED is currently the Solicitor-General and has oversight of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division. Mrs. Aldred has been employed to the Chambers…...
MRS. MARLENE ALDRED is currently the Solicitor-General and has oversight of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division. Mrs. Aldred has been employed to the Chambers since she graduated from the Norman Manley Law School in 1995.
Melanie Gilchrist is Deputy Solicitor-General of the Commercial Affairs Division. She was called to the Bar in 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Honours) from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in History and Political Science. She has been employed to the Attorney Generals Chambers since 2009 and represents the Government in commercial matters.
As Deputy Solicitor-General she provides advice to the Government and other public bodies on commercial matters including loans with its international partners, privatisation of public assets, public procurement, public private partnerships, project financing, statutory obligations, pensions and employment matters. Miss Gilchrist is currently a board member of the Transport Authority and the Jamaica International Financial Services Authority.
Lorraine Patterson – Walters
Deputy Solicitor-General, General Legal Advice Division
Lorraine Patterson - Walters has been employed to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for almost twelve (12) years. She is a Deputy Solicitor-General in charge of the General Legal Advice Division of the Chambers,providing advice to Ministers, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government on a wide range of legal issues. Mrs.Patterson Walters holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School.
Deputy Solicitor-General, Litigation and State Proceedings
A graduate of the University of the West Indies, Miss Jarrett holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Upper Second Class Honours) from the Mona Campus in Jamaica, and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Upper Second Class Honours) from the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. She is also the holder of a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School.
Althea is the Deputy Solicitor-General, Litigation and State Proceedings and she heads the Litigation Division. She joined the chambers in December 2011 and has 24 years at the bar. She has practiced law both locally and regionally. She was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1995, the Bar of St. Kitts and Nevis in 2000, and the Bar of Antigua and Barbuda in 2009. Althea has served as a Clerk of the Courts at both the Half Way Tree and the Sutton Street Resident Magistrates’ Court, Legal Officer at the Fair Trading Commission and Project Attorney at the Urban Development Corporation. She has worked as an Attorney-at-Law in several law firms in the Eastern Caribbean whose practice areas included litigation, commercial litigation, commercial and corporate law, conveyancing and banking law. Prior to becoming an Attorney-at-Law, Althea had a career in banking at the then Jamaica Citizens Bank.
The Director, Human Resource Management and Administration, Mrs. Valerie Jones’ career in the public service spans over 30 years. Her career began in the Ministry of Health in 1987 and has taken her to several ministries and departments including the Ministry of Public Utilities and Transport, The General Consumption Tax Department and the Inland Revenue Department. She has been assigned to the Attorney-General’s Chambers since 2002. Her vast and diverse working experience and training includes areas of human resource management, human resource development as well as administrative management.
Mrs Jones is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she obtained both a Bachelor of Science Degree (First Class Honours) in Public Administration and International Relations and a Master of Science Degree in Government (Public Sector Management). She also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at the Management Institute for National Development. She has also pursued numerous training courses in areas such as general management, human resource management and leadership. These include the Training of Trainers Course and the Caribbean Leadership Development Project, Leadership Development Programme.
Heather Dawn Brown LL.B (Honors), Certificate in Legal Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, University of West Indies.
Heather Dawn Brown is an attorney-at-law with over thirty (30) years experience in both the public and private bar. She commenced practice as a Clerk of the Court in the St. Andrew Resident Magistrate Court where she prosecuted and was responsible for the management of the Court’s office. She subsequently joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as Crown Counsel where she prosecuted in both the Resident Magistrates and the Supreme Courts.
Mrs. Brown later served as Legal Counsel at the Revenue Board which involved the prosecution of cases involving taxation in the Resident Magistrate and Supreme Courts as well as the provision of legal advice to the government on issues involving revenue law. She also represented the Board on various committees.
She entered private practice in 1993 where she practiced both criminal and civil law. Mrs. Brown subsequently rejoined the government service in the Tax Administration Services Department where she was involved in research and the provision of legal advice on issues involving revenue law, the examination of international laws with particular reference to their effect on local legislation and the examination of proposed contracts pertaining to taxation. She represented the Department at various board meetings in particular at the Jamaica Customs Department and sat on various organizations relating to this field.
Now a director in the General Legal Advice Division at the Attorney General’s Chambers, she provides legal advice to the government on various legal issues and represents the Chambers on a statutory board and other committees.
She is a Christian with two children and is particularly involved in the assistance of underprivileged persons.
Susan Reid – Jones
Senior Assistant Attorney-General, Litigation and State Proceedings
Mrs. Susan Reid - Jones graduated from the Norman Manley Law School in 1988.
She commenced her career in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and was assigned to the Constitutional/Legislative Division headed at that time by Mr. Peter Sobers of blessed memory. Her interest in Litigation led her to gain some experience in that Division also at that time.
Having spent a year and a half at the Chambers, Mrs. Reid - Jones spent some years outside of Jamaica, and returned to Jamaica in 1996, when she again joined the Chambers. She served between 1996 and 2008 first in the Litigation Division as Crown Counsel and eventually as Director, and later, as Director of the General Legal Advice Division.
She was the Jamaican Legal Consultant on the Jamaican Justice System Reform Project, assisting the Canadian Consultants on the Project, between October of 2006 and June of 2007. This was an experience that enabled her to meet a wide range of persons involved in the Justice System at every level and to interface with the public in a series of meetings and focus groups, culminating in a Report which contains suggestions for improvement of the System. She is pleased whenever suggestions from the Project are implemented, slowly but surely, and is hopeful that improvement in the Justice System will become a priority of this and successive Governments in the future.
Mrs. Reid - Jones pursued a predominantly civil practice between 2008 and 2015, returning to the Attorney General’s Chambers as a part-time consultant in October of 2015. In October of 2016, she returned full-time, and her current position is Senior Assistant Attorney-General in the Litigation Division.
Mrs. Reid - Jones’ career has taken her to most of the courts in Jamaica and also to the Privy Council in England. She enjoys reading, Jamaican culture and swimming.
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