Marlene Malahoo Forte

Marlene Malahoo Forte

Attorney General of Jamaica & Member of Parliament
Attorney General's Chambers & Houses of Parliament of Jamaica

Before changing lanes to the political arena in 2009, Marlene earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for fundamental reform of Jamaica’s justice system and for improved conditions of service for judges and legal officers. As a judge, she brought an exceptional level of efficiency to the courts in which she presided, reducing the huge backlog of cases and shortening the disposal time from an average of four years to six weeks, with many cases completed in less than a week. As a prosecutor, she was a powerful voice for the victims of crime, with an enviable win rate of over 98% in both trial and appellate courts. She was also a lecturer in Criminal Law Practice & Procedure at the Norman Manley Law School. Marlene was appointed to Jamaica’s Parliament as a Government Senator on July 15, 2009 and simultaneously as State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; positions she held until January 2012 when a new Administrator was sworn in. However, she was reappointed to the Senate in 2012, on the Opposition side, from where she currently serves as Shadow Minister for Health & Healthy Lifestyle.  As State Minister, she led numerous international delegations on behalf of the Government of Jamaica, including at Heads of Government/States Summits. She successfully negotiated tough issues impacting terms of development assistance and international co-operation on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Group. Exposed to decision-making at the highest levels, Marlene has been recognized internationally, regionally, and nationally as a professional woman of excellence, whose exercise of leadership makes a positive difference. Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010 and Top Young Person for the West Indies by Junior Chamber International, she is a past chairman of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, a committee of United Way of Jamaica. 

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