Government prosecutors to get limited legal right of appeal
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Government prosecutors will soon have the right to appeal certain court decisions.
Information Minister Senator Sandrea Falconer who made the announcement this morning, noted that Cabinet has approved the enactment of laws to give the Director of Public Prosecutions a limited right of appeal.
She explains that the right of appeal will be based on circumstances in which the prosecution believes a sentence was manifestly inadequate or unduly lenient.
The prosecution will also be allowed to appeal where the court did not have the power in law to impose an appropriate sentence.
She says upon hearing the cases brought by the prosecution, the Court of Appeal may quash any sentence imposed by a lower court and institute a new sentence.
The Court of Appeal may also dismiss the appeal and affirm the lower court’s sentence.
Senator Falconer says instructions have been given to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to begin drafting the appropriate legislation.
No date was given for its completion.
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