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Responsible public servants should ensure outdated laws, penalties are updated - Attorney

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2017 | 9:11 AM

Attorney Linton Gordon is lashing public servants he says are not doing their jobs to ensure outdated laws with extremely low fines are updated.

The matter has come up for public discussion following two high-profile cases in which persons were convicted and paid inconsequential fines.

In one case, former commissioner of customs Danville Walker paid a $5,000 fine after being found guilty of failing to respond in a timely manner to questions from the Contractor General.

Reputed gang leader Tesha Miller was last week fined $100 for giving wrong information on his travel documents.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM Friday morning, Gordon said this would not have happened if the responsible public servants were doing their jobs.


However, Director of the Legal Reform Unit of the Justice Ministry, Maurice Bailey, says his department is now embarking on a project to update outdated laws and penalties.

He says there are about 600 pieces of legislation in Jamaica and the process to review them will take time.


Director of the Legal Reform Unit of the Justice Ministry, Maurice Bailey

However, Gordon says all it requires is an immediate directive from the Government to all permanent secretaries and heads of statutory bodies.


Attorney, Linton Gordon