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DPP welcomes limited appeal right as 'step in right direction'

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says the decision to enact laws granting a limited right of appeal is a step in the right direction.

However, she told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the prosecutorial authorities prefer a general right of appeal.

She says appealing sentences is only one aspect.

She says it Is hoped that over time, the position of policymakers will evolve and prosecutors will be granted a general right of appeal.

The Jamaican Bar Association says granting the prosecution the right of appeal in some circumstances will serve the interest of justice.

However, the association’s president, Ian Wilkinson notes that some lawyers fear that government prosecutors could abuse the right and prolong cases.

He says the Criminal Law Committee of the Bar Association will carefully scrutinise the proposal.


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