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Abolishment Of Preliminary Inquires Expected To Speed Up Delivery Of Justice In St.Kitts and Nevis

Government’s reform of the justice system in St. Kitts and Nevis continued on Thursday (March 29) with the successful passage of the Magistrate’s Code of Procedure (Amendment) Bill 2018 in the National Assembly.The Bill was piloted through the Federal Parliament by Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Honourable Vincent Byron, and when gazetted, it will become law thereby abolishing the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) procedure from the court system.

The PI requires a Magistrate to consider evidence and testimony from the accused and the victim before deciding if a matter should be heard in the High Court. The process unfortunately can be a lengthy one, sometimes taking months and even more than a year before a recommendation can be given.

 

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