The government will be revoking and re-tabling the Emergency Powers Regulations for St. Catherine in a rare Thursday sitting tomorrow.

That’s according to communication from the Parliament.

The reason for the re-tabling is uncertain.

Wayne Walker has more.


The move comes just days after the court ruled sections of the 2018 Emergency Powers Regulations for St. James a breach of the constitution.

According to Section 30 of the regulations currently before the parliament, an authorized person may arrest, without a warrant, and detain, pending enquiries, any person where it is reasonably necessary to prevent the person from committing an offence or where there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the person has committed, or is committing, an offence against these Regulations.

That person cannot be detained for a period exceeding 7 days without the authority of a police officer not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent on whose directions such person may be detained for a further seven days.

The regulations also say where a police officer, not below the rank of Senior Superintendent, is satisfied that any necessary enquiries, pursuant to these Regulations, cannot be completed within the further period he may direct that the person be detained for a further period, not exceeding the emergency period.

This detention may run for three months without charge at which point the person shall be released or brought before a Judge of the Parish Court.

This section does not differ from its 2018 derivative, parts of which were deemed a breach of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.