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Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC, MP, JP

Attorney General of Jamaica

Passionate about public service, Marlene Patricia MALAHOO FORTE, Q.C., MP, is the Attorney General of Jamaica (since 2016 March 7) and Member of Parliament for the constituency of St James West Central (since 2016 Feb 25).

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Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC, MP, JP

Passionate about public service, Marlene Patricia MALAHOO FORTE, Q.C., MP, is the Attorney General of Jamaica (since 2016 March 7) and Member of Parliament for the constituency of St James West Central (since 2016 Feb 25).  She is dubbed a technocrat-politician, who brings a unique approach to executive decision-making and representational politics, shaped by perspectives gained from work across all three branches of government, media, academia and volunteerism.  She is also known for implementing innovative solutions with measurable results to difficult problems.  She has been honoured as a Professional Woman of Excellence and for Service Excellence and Distinguished Professional Achievements that have inspired others.  She is a member of the Integrity Commission Oversight Committee of the Parliament and Jamaica’s Lead Expert on the Committee of Experts of the Mechanism for the Follow-up on Implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (OAS MESICIC).   


Ms Malahoo is a member of the Cabinet’s National Security Council and attends the Cabinet’s Legislation and Public Order Committees and the National Council on Justice, among others.  She guided the development of the legal framework for Jamaica’s national response to the COVID19 pandemic, with necessary checks and balances and appropriate parliamentary oversight on the Prime Minister’s use of executive orders.  Regionally, she is a member (and former chairman) of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Legal Affairs Committee and an executive member of the CARICOM’s Council of Legal Education. She appears in court, primarily before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England, in cases of high importance for the government and is a member of the Rules Committee of the Supreme Court of Jamaica.


Ms Malahoo is the vice-president for Latin America & the Caribbean on the Board of Governance of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, for the 20212023 term.  She is a fourth-term legislator, with a thorough knowledge of the legislative process and demonstrated attention to detail at all stages. Her tenure spans both Houses of Parliament of Jamaica, on both sides of the aisle.  She was first elected to the House of Representatives on February 25, 2016 and re-elected on September 3, 2020.  Initially, she was appointed Senator in Government and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on July 15, 2009 in the Bruce Golding Administration; and then re-appointed Senator in Opposition, on January 16, 2012, and subsequently named Shadow Minister of Health and Healthy Lifestyle.


During her time as Foreign Minister of State, she regularly headed Jamaica’s delegation at various international and regional fora, including at Heads of Government/State Conferences and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).  She was also a member of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the European Union and the African Caribbean Pacific group (JPA EU-ACP).  She was quickly noticed by her counterparts for her skillful negotiation and staunch advocacy on behalf of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and highly indebted middle-income countries (HIMIC).  For her adroitness in statecraft and international affairs, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and the Junior Chamber International Top Young Person in the West Indies.  While in Opposition, she successfully called for the dismissal of the Minister of Health and was named among the top three Shadow Ministers between 2012-2016.  She has also hosted, owned and executively produced a prime daytime Call-in Radio Talk Show “JUSTICE”, with live internet stream.  In disrupting the status-quo to successfully clear a huge backlog of cases as a trial judge of the Parish Courts she earned the commendation of the wider society, though incurring the wrath of some members of the bar and was honoured as a Bigga High Achiever in the Legal & Justice System.  From her early years at the public bar she had an enviably high success rate in the trial and appellate courts, as a formidable, fair and fearless prosecutor.


Ms Malahoo’s goal is to help increase integrity in actions and systems in government, to make government more accountable and efficient.  Qualifications include MPA (Harvard); LLM (King’s College London, Commonwealth Scholar); LLB (University of West Indies Cave Hill).  Also, Yale World Fellow; Associate Alum Oxford BSG; former head girl of the Manning’s School.


Nicole Foster-Pusey, QC, JP

Solicitor General of Jamaica

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…

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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.


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