Antigua Parliament passes amendment to try to avert crisis in criminal justice system


The government has amended the Criminal Prosecutions Service Act to give police the powers to charge persons without requiring permission from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Prior to the amendment, ALL criminal acts required the permission of the DPP for charges to be brought. The word ALL has been deleted from the Act.

The second amendment is retroactive and will validate all acts of the police officers who charged persons without the permission of the DPP.

Attorney General Steadroy ‘Cutie’ Benjamin gave this explanation.

Watch the video here:

Parliament’s Lower House has approved the amendment to the Criminal Prosecutions Service Act to temper the effects of the recent Wayne Worrell habeas corpus ruling.

Worrell was ordered released after his lawyers argued that the permission of the DPP was not obtained prior to charging him.


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  1. The AG is an fast talking shyster.
    It’s obvious why he was caught up in that passport scandal — Those beady eyes spells GRREEEED

    Break the law and make news laws — reserved only for those in high places.

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