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Attorney General & Solicitor General

Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC, JP, MP

2016-Present
MARLENE MALAHOO FORTE QC, JP, MP, took the oath of office as the Attorney General of Jamaica, when the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness-led Cabinet was sworn in on 2016 March 7. She is a thir...
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Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC, JP, MP

MARLENE MALAHOO FORTE QC, MP, JP, took the oath of office as the Honourable Attorney General of Jamaica, when the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness-led Cabinet was sworn in on 2016 March 7.  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 2016 February 25); previously as Opposition Senator, with Senate responsibility for Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade (2012-2014) and as Shadow Minister of Health (2015 -2016 February); earlier, as Government Senator and State Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade (2009 July -2011 December).

While in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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.

Mrs. 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). Mrs. 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, Mrs. Malahoo Forte is a past Chairman of United Way of Jamaica’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Nicole Foster-Pusey, QC, JP

2012 - Present
Mrs. Nicole Foster-Pusey is an attorney-at-law who has been called to the Jamaican Bar for over 23 years. She has acquired extensive experience in Litigation and has developed acknowledged expertise i...
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Nicole Foster-Pusey, QC, JP

Mrs. Nicole Foster-Pusey is an attorney-at-law who has been called to the Jamaican Bar for over 23 years. She has acquired extensive experience in Litigation and has developed acknowledged expertise in the areas of constitutional law, public law and judicial review in particular. Much of her experience was acquired while working in the Attorney General’s Chambers of Jamaica over the period 1993-2008. During this period, she served as Director – Litigation Division, Director of State Proceedings, Director - Commercial Affairs Division, Acting Director – Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division and Acting Resident Magistrate. Mrs. Foster-Pusey has appeared in a number of significant cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Jamaica and has appeared at the Privy Council. Along with her broad exposure to the various legal matters handled by the Chambers, she also brings significant experience in the management of administrative matters related to the Chambers as during her earlier time at the Chambers she at one time headed the Chambers’ Training and Seminars Committee, its Interviewing Committee and sat on its Building, Newsletter and Library Committees. She benefitted from a number of training opportunities including that of Transformational Leadership and Change Management. Mrs. Foster-Pusey is a proud 2016 alumnus of the 5th Cohort of senior Caribbean public sector leaders (“C5 Game Changers”) trained by the Caribbean Leadership Project.

Mrs. Foster-Pusey is a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and Cambridge Commonwealth Society Fellow having studied law at the University of Cambridge where she graduated with a Master of Law with First Class Honours. She also received the Jennings Prize (Wolfson College) for accomplishing First Class Honours as well as the Hugh Bevan Prize (Wolfson College) for being the Most Distinguished LLM student. Prior to this she attended the Norman Manley Law School and obtained the Certificate for Legal Education and the University of the West Indies (UWI) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws. In the course of pursuing her Bachelors of Law she also received the UWI – Guild of Graduates Merit Award in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and a sense of commitment to the Caribbean as well as the Christopher Blackman Prize for Labour Law.

Born in Trelawny, Mrs. Foster-Pusey however spent her formative years in Porus, Manchester. A former Head Girl and Fifth Form Valedictorian of Manchester High School, she acquired her early years of education at the Porus Infant and Porus Primary Schools.

Mrs. Foster-Pusey has been a member of several Boards among them the Mona Preparatory School and the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors & Publishers Limited (JACAP). She currently serves on the Board of Choose Life International and is a member of the Constitution and Doctrine Committee of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. She also actively participates in the ministry of the United Church at the congregational level. Mrs. Foster-Pusey recently tutored in Civil Procedure and Practice at the Norman Manley Law School.

Her professional membership extends to the Jamaican Bar Association and the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. She has also written several articles which have been published.

Mrs. Foster-Pusey is married to Nigel, a Minister of Religion. They have two children.  After practising for a few years as a sole practitioner, she was appointed Solicitor General in the Attorney General’s Chambers of Jamaica in August 2012.

Deputy Solicitors General & Directors

Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown

Deputy Solicitor General, Director, International Division
Kathy-Ann Brown is Deputy Solicitor General and Director of International Affairs, Attorney General’s Chambers, Jamaica. She assumed duties on 1 December 2008. Previously she was Deputy Director...
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Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown

Kathy-Ann Brown is Deputy Solicitor General and Director of International Affairs, Attorney General's Chambers, Jamaica. She assumed duties on 1 December 2008. Previously she was Deputy Director/Legal Advisor with the Economic and Legal Section of the Special Advisory Services Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat (UK). There she worked for a period of five (5) years with a team of international lawyers and economists on trade and investment issues, providing demand-driven technical assistance based on Members’ requests. During the year prior to joining the Secretariat, she was engaged by the Commonwealth to provide support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat (Brussels) in the negotiations with the EU on economic partnership agreements. And prior to that, she was based in Geneva and London as Senior Technical Advisor (Legal – International Trade) with the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM). During that time she worked not only on WTO issues but also closely followed the ACP-EU negotiations and was CARICOM Lead Negotiator in the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) Negotiating Group on Subsidies, Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Measures. She assumed this role in March 1998 on secondment from the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI) where she served as a member of staff from 1991 teaching a variety of international law courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

In 2002 Dr. Brown was nominated by the WTO Director General to serve as a panellist in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and subsequently also served as an arbitrator. She has acted as counsel in a number of WTO cases involving Caribbean interests.

Kathy-Ann Brown is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies - where she undertook her undergraduate studies; subsequently attending Normal Manley Law School for her professional training before being called to the bar in Jamaica.  She is also a graduate of Cambridge University, England where she gained a Masters degree in Law, before pursing doctoral studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada.

Marlene Aldred

Deputy Solicitor General, Constitutional and Legislation Division
Mrs. Marlene Aldred is a Deputy Solicitor General and Director in charge of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division.  Mrs. Aldred has been employed to these Chambers since she graduated f...
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Marlene Aldred

Mrs. Marlene Aldred is a Deputy Solicitor General and Director in charge of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division.  Mrs. Aldred has been employed to these Chambers since she graduated from the Norman Manley Law School in 1995.

Heather Dawn Brown

Director, General Legal Advice Division
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 (...
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Heather Dawn Brown

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.

Lorraine Patterson

Director, Constitutional & Legislation Division
Lorraine Patterson has been employed to the Attorney General’s Chambers for almost ten (10) years. She is a Director in the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division, providing advice to Minis...
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Lorraine Patterson

Lorraine Patterson has been employed to the Attorney General’s Chambers for almost ten (10) years. She is a Director in the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division, providing advice to Ministers, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government on a wide range of legal issues.  Ms. Patterson holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws Degrees from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School.

Susan Reid-Jones

Director, Litigation Division
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 he...
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Susan Reid-Jones

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, currently acting as a Director within 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.

Melanie Gilchrist

Director, Commercial Division
Melanie Gilchrist is acting Director 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 C...
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Melanie Gilchrist

Melanie Gilchrist is acting Director 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 acting Director of the Commercial Affairs Division, she provides advice to the Government and other public bodies on commercial and general legal advice 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.

Althea Jarrett

Director, State Proceedings, Litigation Division
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 ...
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Althea Jarrett

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 Director of State Proceedings and currently is head of the Litigation Division. She joined the chambers in December 2011 and has 22 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.

 

Candice Rochester

Director, General Legal Advice Division
Miss Rochester was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1998 and joined the Attorney General’s Chambers that same year. Miss Rochester has had the privilege of serving in most of the divisions in these Cha...
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Candice Rochester

Miss Rochester was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1998 and joined the Attorney General’s Chambers that same year. Miss Rochester has had the privilege of serving in most of the divisions in these Chambers. She is presently the Director in charge of the General Legal Advice Division at the Attorney General’s Chambers where she is responsible for supervising a team of attorneys or otherwise handling the work of this division. The nature of the legal matters handled by this division affecting the Government or the wider public sector includes a broad range of regulatory matters including constitutional; administrative (law); legal aspects of financial responsibility and accountability; statutory appeals related to key industries; construction including FIDIC; employment including public sector employment; negligence including medical negligence; aspects of legal reform; and personal injury.

Miss Rochester served as the Director of the Commercial Affairs Division prior to joining the General Legal Advice Division in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (LL.B.), the Norman Manley Law School (C.L.E.) and the University of London (LL.M., International Business Law).

Valerie Jones

Director, Administration Division
The Director of Administration, Mrs. Valerie Jones has had a long and illustrious career in the public service spanning over 30 years. Her career began in the Ministry of Health in 1987 and has taken ...
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Valerie Jones

The Director of Administration, Mrs. Valerie Jones has had a long and illustrious career in the public service spanning 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.

She 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.

The Director of Administration is in charge of the Administration and Support Services Division and sits on the Executive Committee of the Chambers.

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