Opposition Senators have come out against the move by the Government to provide prosecutors with the right to appeal.

The legislation came up for debate and was passed in the Upper House on Friday afternoon.

While the Government members attempted to defend the Bill it came under heavy criticism from the Opposition which sees it as an overreach and open to abuse.

Chevon Campbell has that story.


Deputy Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott Motley says there’s no data that’s been presented to justify the necessity of the legislation.

She also argues that not enough consultation took place nor did the Bill sent to a joint select committee for deliberation.

The law is being amended to grant to the prosecution a right of appeal.

This can be used in circumstances there’s as been a verdict of acquittal in an administration of justice offence and where the sentence handed down was unduly lenient or manifestly inadequate.

Government Senator, Charles Sinclair, defended the legislation noting the right to appeal by prosecutors is in keeping with Jamaica’s constitution and practiced around the commonwealth.

However, Leader of Opposition Business, Peter Bunting, says the legislation will have the effect of concentrating more power in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

For his part Government Senator, Leslie Campbell, says the law as it is now, is unfair to the people of Jamaica and requires prosecutors to have the right to appeal.

He also says this right to appeal will also be limited and prosecutors will not have a blank cheque to appeal every result.