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Stakeholders in local judiciary to get refresher course on sentencing offenders

Stakeholders in the local judicial system will undergo a refresher course on sentencing guidelines for major offences next week.

The training will focus on offences involving drugs, unlawful sexual misconduct, theft, and robbery.

“The launch of the guidelines is expected to inform the approach to be taken by judges and magistrates sitting in the criminal division in determining a sentence,” a government-commissioned media release has said.

It continued: “Its implementation intention is to result in a more uniform approach to sentencing practice, greater consistency in sentencing, transparency, and in turn, greater public confidence in the administration of criminal justice.”

The training will target the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the local magistracy, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, the Attorney General’s Office, Her Majesty’s Prison, the Probation Department, the Chairman of the Parole Board, and the Social Development Department.

In the meantime, the release said the training mentioned above follows a series of consultations being undertaken by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC).

The consultations are seeking to obtain feedback of the stakeholders of the legal profession and the members of the public in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States.

Queen’s Counsel in the ECSC, Justice Iain Morley, is scheduled to facilitate the training.

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  1. CLIMATE CHANGE!!!!!!!! says:

    Get a life people

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  2. Retired says:

    Great news!!! Please insure that all the necessary government employees in these various offices(DPP, RVIPF, AG, etc.) physically attend, stay and learn from all these training sessions. No vacations, sick days or other duties excuses.

  3. FREE SHAM says:

    This is great. Now free Shamoi Dagou as his sentencing was too harsh for the crime!

  4. Nonsense says:

    Great news what. You all people need to open your eyes and see. Those who got off with a slap on the wrist sentences need to appeal.

    Looting is a serious matter some business owners who caught persons red-handed was even threaten for their lives if they try to intervene to stop them.

    All they could do is stop and watch all that they work for be taken away. Not to mention afterwards be screwed by some insurance companies. And the police were nowhere to be found.

    • FREE SHAM says:

      I never said he was right to do what he did. I said his sentence was too harsh for the crime. He didn’t even loot he was more or less handling stolen goods. He has never been before the court ever and besides most or all of the other looters that were caught got a slap on the wrist including the police office.

    • Stop says:

      Police are taking information from the biggest drug dealers in the bvi and in return they hand over a small fry wake up gas those guys at … gas station them and police are very very good friends

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