Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Paula Llewellyn, is recommending that Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, take steps to initiate a review of the country’s sentencing guidelines by the end of the year.
The DPP’s recommendation comes amid public outrage at what is perceived as light sentences being handed down by judges for certain heinous crimes.
Last week, the Court of Appeal reduced the life sentence of a man convicted of incest involving his daughter.
He was also accused of sexually assaulting her mother, who at the time was his step daughter.
The woman told our news centre she believed the system had failed her.
The DPP says while the guidelines are the purview of the judiciary, she believes it’s time to take a second look at the document.
The sentencing guidelines are used to guide judges in determining what sentences to apply to persons convicted in the nation’s Courts.
The committee which publishes the guidelines are comprised of judges, lawyers and other legal minds.
When asked whether it may be necessary to open membership on the committee to the general public, the DPP says such a move would be challenging.
She says the process must be driven solely by the law.
Paula Llewellyn, DPP.
The sentencing guidelines were launched in December 2017.
The document has not been reviewed since.
Meanwhile, prominent attorney-at-law, Christopher Townsend, says he does not agree with the DPP.
While he agrees that reviews are essential to the sustenance of the judicial system, he says the judge’s authority should not be interfered with.
He explained that judges should be allowed to use their discretion when issuing a sentence, therefore the guideline should remain balanced.
Townsend explained that persons who believe sentences are too light, do not understand how the justice system works.
Christopher Townsend, Prominent Attorney-at-Law.
Hykel Nunes contributed to this report.