Justice Day celebration starts today at Village

PHILIPSBURG–The Justice Ministry plans to observe Justice Day this year under the theme “Justice Prevails” with a number of activities involving the departments linked to the Justice Ministry. The celebrations start today, Friday, with a meet-and-greet in the Festival Village kicking off at 5:30pm.

The meet-and-greet creates the opportunity for the workers of the various departments to meet their colleagues outside the working environment. Some of the departments linked to the Justice Ministry are the Police Force, the Court of Guardianship, Immigration, Detective Department, Customs, the Pointe Blanche prison, the Coast Guard, the Prosecutor’s Office and Miss Lalie Centre.

The Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten VKS, the Ambulance and Fire Departments do not fall under the Justice Ministry, but are invited to join in the celebrations due to their close working relationship.

The celebrations continue on Sunday with a family day on Great Bay Beach where the Justice workers and their families will participate and compete in games such as dominoes, football, volleyball and tug-of-war.

The celebrations end on Monday with a church service at the Methodist Church on Front Street starting at 8:30am, followed at 9:30 by a uniformed parade through the streets of Philipsburg ending at Festival Village where an awards ceremony will take place. Awards will be presented to workers who are celebrating 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service, after which lunch will be served.

Following the recently-concluded successful “Justitiele Vierpartij Overleg” (JVO) held at The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa, Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman and the Justice workers have much to celebrate, according to the Justice Ministry cabinet. Justice workers in St. Maarten are joined by fellow justice workers around the world as they observe Justice Day 2017 on July 17.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/67654-justice-day-celebration-starts-today-at-village