National Prosecution Service launched in Dominica to ensure greater independence and objectivity

first_img Share 60 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews National Prosecution Service launched in Dominica to ensure greater independence and objectivity by: – October 3, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Gene PestainaThe Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force joined its sister island of St. Lucia in launching a National Prosecution Service last week.The National Service has been launched in an effort to manage Police Prosecutors more efficiently as well as to ensure that there is greater independence and objectivity to the prosecution process by separating it from the investigative arm.At the official launching ceremony last week, the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Gene Pestaina noted that this move is in keeping with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and will strengthen the standard and quality of prosecution service offered in Dominica.“The service which we are now launching will see all major police prosecutors housed under one roof. In that setting we hope to consolidate, to strengthen, improve and standardize the quality of prosecution services offered. It is also in keeping with the law reform process presently being undertaken in the justice system of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.”Mr. Pestaina also highlighted that the National Prosecution Service will eliminate the need for Preliminary Inquiries at the magistrate’s Court and assist in managing the backlog of indictable offenses.“In that system the concept of case management has been introduced and it is hoped that there will no longer be hearings at the Magistrate’s Court into what is called a Preliminary Inquiry or P.I in respect to indictable matters. We are hoping that our prosecutorial service will be able to play a greater role in dealing with and managing the backlog of indictable offenses recently referred to by Madame Justice Brooks at the opening of the new law year.”Mr Pestaina concluded that ‘with the integration of all police officers we will provide a more efficient service’.Director of Public Prosecution of England and Wales, Mr Keir Starmer Q.C Meantime the Director of Public Prosecution of England and Wales Mr Keir Starmer Q.C says the prosecutorial decision making should not only be independent and impartial but be seen to be independent and impartial.“The basic argument against the police acting as prosecutors is that prosecutorial decision making should be in the hands of a prosecution agency which is not only independent but indeed impartial as a matter of fact that is also seen to be independent and impartial.”Mr Starmer also admonished that ‘the transfer of that function should be regarded as a form of restoring the police to their original model rather than the loss of any prized role’.Members of the head table, police prosecutors and staff of the Office of the DPP.In related news, the Commissioner of Police Mr Cyril Carrette said this initiative will ensure that complaints are dealt with more expeditiously and take corrective measures in a quicker time.According to Mr Carrette both the prosecutors and the police force stands to benefit from this partnership and therefore advises the prosecutors to take advantage of this opportunity to become more proficient.“The prosecutors and by extension the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force stand to benefit tremendously from this partnership which presents a golden opportunity for the prosecutors to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills in prosecution. I urge them to take full advantage of so as to enable them to become more proficient in the execution of their duties,” he said.The five police prosecutors have been transferred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are Inspector Claude Weekes, Inspector Michael Laudat, Sergeant Kenth Matthew, Corporal Innocent Toussaint and Corporal Valda Powell.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more