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What to expect under a state of emergency

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Under The Emergency (Public Security) Act, once there is in force a proclamation by the governor general declaring that a state of public emergency exists, the regulations, so far as appears to the governor general to be necessary or expedient for any of the purposes mentioned, may:

(a) Make provision for the detention of persons and the deportation and exclusion of persons from Jamaica.

(b) Authorise on behalf of Her Majesty:

i. The taking of possession or control or the managing or carrying on, as the case may be, of any property or undertaking;

ii. The acquisition of any property other than land.

(c) Authorise the entering and search of any premises.

(d) Provide for amending any enactment, for suspending the operation of any enactment, and for applying any enactment with or without modification.

(e) Provide for charging, in respect of the grant or issue of any licence, permit, certificate or other document for the purposes of the Regulations, such fee as may be prescribed by, or under, the Regulations.

(f) Provide for payment of compensation and remuneration to persons affected by the regulations.

(g) Provide for the apprehension, trial, and punishment of persons offending against the Regulations.