The judicial system has its shortcomings, Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina has acknowledged.
The DPP has pointed to inefficiencies he says that include the absence of a proper bail act, a new jurors’ act, and a new evidence act.
However Pestaina says it is difficult to single out “which area I find would contribute to a lack of faith in the justice system, it’s a combination of many many matters”.
He was responding to ongoing suggestions online and on the country’s talk shows questioning the impartiality of the courts, especially on matters of a political nature.
Referring to the recent judgement in the dual citizenship case involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his education minister, DPP Pestaina said that matter was expected to be appealed at the level of the OECS Supreme Court, and comments about the case may be premature.
“It’s not yet over, so all of the arguments may be futile, when you look at the decision of the court of appeal, if the decision is to be appealed,” he said of that specific matter.
Pestaina says in general though, the country’s court system should be respected.
“People are talking, some are going overboard of course, and that is where we are”.
“I believe we should abide by the court’s ruling when and if the court decides, and the court ruling is not just the first instance judgement as we have it today. We look to see how our court of appeal will shape up,” he said, making reference again to the dual citizenship case.
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