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