Attorney General Dr Derrick McCoy says even before Friday’s court ruling, the government had amended the regulations governing States of Public Emergency.
He says those amendments were done to satisfy concerns raised by litigants over the detention process.
Dr McCoy says the amendments are currently operating in the regulations governing States of Public Emergency.
However, the attorney general says his office is now doing a detailed review of the ruling to ensure the current regulations are consistent with the court’s ruling.
Meanwhile, attorney-at-law and Queen’s Counsel, Michael Hylton, says he’s uncertain as to whether a ruling by the constitutional court will affect the State of Public Emergency currently in place in St. Catherine.
The court ruled that the detention of Roshaine Clarke for more than 200 days under the state of emergency regulations was unconstitutional. Clarke was awarded almost $18 million in damages.
Mr. Hylton says he’s unable to give an opinion since he’s hasn’t seen the regulations under the new State of Public Emergency.
Attorney-at-law and Queen’s Counsel, Michael Hylton speaking on Nationwide at Five.