Legislation to Provide for Prosecutorial Appeals Coming in January 2018

Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, will bring legislation to Parliament early in 2018 that will allow prosecution the right to appeal acquittals.

He admits a delay in bringing the legislation to the House of Representatives, is his fault.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewelyn, has been calling for prosecutors to get the right to appeal, for at least three years now.

However, there are concerns that allow the state to retry cases could lead to double jeopardy – when a person who’s been acquitted is tried again on the same or similar charges and facts.

Minister Chuck says while this is a valid concern, the provision will be reserved for unusual cases.

Minister Chuck says the public, including members of the Bar Association, will have the opportunity to make objections and recommendations on the Bill once it’s presented to Parliament.

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