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PM calls for review of Evidence Act

Published:Monday | January 21, 2008 | 2:20 PM

Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has ordered the Attorney General Senator, Dorothy Lightbourne to undertake an immediate review of the Evidence Act.

The Attorney General is to submit the findings and the recommendations of the review to the Cabinet.

A release from Jamaica House said the Attorney General is to advise the Prime Minister on the necessary measures, to prevent the perversion of justice through the existing Evidence Act.

The current law allows for statements to be admitted as evidence, even when they are questionable and the people who purportedly gave them are not available for questioning in court.

Mr. Golding’s directive comes in the wake of a confession by Detective Constable Carey Lyn Shue, that he made up a statement from a non-existent witness in a murder trial.

The Prime Minister said the policeman’s admission is commendable, but it raises grave questions about the integrity of criminal proceedings.

Mr. Golding also said it could place the judicial process in disrepute unless steps are taken to prevent a repeat.