2017 revised edition of the Laws of Dominica presented to government

President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin (l) and Prime Minister  Skerrit with a copy of the revised laws

A consolidated and revised version of all the Laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica from 1990 to January 2017, has officially been handed over to the Government of Dominica.

At the handing over ceremony held last week at the State House, consultant and head of the law revision commission, Ray Harris stated that similar to any general law revision, the ultimate objective of the  2017 revised edition is to facilitate the administration of justice,  the enforcement of law and order, and the management of the public and private sector.

“This project represents a 26-year revision of all the primary and subsidiary laws of the country,” he disclosed. “When the corpus of laws of a country has become untidy and inaccessible and not easily ascertained, not only to the average citizens but to the lawyers and judges on the bench because of  many years of diverse amendments  to the legislation, whenever that happens there is a need for a general revision of the laws of that country.”

Harris said the new laws came into effect on March 1, 2021.

Echoing Harris’ sentiments, Minister for National Security and Home Affairs, Rayburn Blackmoore highlighted the ease that the revision now provided to the citizens to familiarize themselves with the law and becoming more informed of their rights and obligations, thus creating a more just and orderly society.

For his part, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit challenged the members of society to familiarize themselves with the law and to seek guidance from those who may have a greater understanding of the law to guide the country further.

“The problem we have in Dominica is too many people do not read the laws of Dominica; too many people do not know the provisions of the constitution and even those who are officers of the court, I ask myself which law school they went to because they don’t quote the law, they don’t quote the constitution they refer to something they hear on Facebook or hear on a talk show programme,” the Prime opined.

He called on the legal practitioners and law enforcement officers of the court to step up and understand their high responsibility is to guide the society objectively and professionally on matters of law and the constitution of our society.

“I believe this is really missing and I am hoping that with this exercise of the law revision and putting all of the various  amendments of the various laws together, that it will make for ease of reading and ease of reference,” he stated.

The head of Government went on to stress the need for our constitution to also be updated and enhanced in light of all of the present-day issues that are confronting society.

“The constitution was passed in 1978 and though we’ve had many attempts in the past at revision of our constitution and I believe we need to elevate the maturity of the state of the citizens and for us to engage ourselves in constructive dialogue,  constructive discussion on the issue of constitutional reform in our country, I believe it is important that we do so and we should press on with this,” Skerrit said.

In his brief remarks, Attorney General and Chairman of the Law Revision Commission, Levi Peter, tabbed the revision as “overdue” stressing that any country must ensure that its laws are regularly revised and kept up to date both for the practitioners, the legal justice system and the public who want to know what the law represents.

The project, which encountered several setbacks, was fully funded by the Government of Dominica.

The commission has commenced work to update Dominica’s laws up to January 2020.

Ray Harris, head of the law revision commission of Dominica

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4 Comments

  1. The old Prophet
    April 6, 2021

    See who is giving and who is receiving the laws of Dominica. Charles Savarin is the giver and Roosevelt Skerrit is the receiver. We talking about the two most disgraceful men and no doubt the two most evil, corrupt and biggest law breakers in the history of Dominica! See who we have occupying the top offices in Dominica boy. These evil men in office tells us why Dominica is constantly under the wrath of God and the people have no peace because the bible is true and proverbs 29:2 is still the truth “when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

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  2. VereTere
    April 5, 2021

    What a charade in a mainly lawless and totally corrupt country. These people have no shame,

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  3. Truth Be Told
    April 5, 2021

    The two men who have shown the greatest disdain and disregard for the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica and for Rule of Law in the Commonwealth of Dominica, President Charles Savarin and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, wolves in sheep clothing!

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  4. %
    April 5, 2021

    A serial violator of the laws of the land and the constitution is calling on people to read the laws becsuse he does not even know which law school some lawyers went to. Brazen and shameless!!
    Skerrit the lawyers went to law school. That’s why when you TREATED in the 2014 general election, a brilliant lawyer triumphed over you TWICE….Dominicans also know the law so well that they know if a helicopter landed at Benjamins Park and a man exited the plane with two suspicious bags, this could border on money laundering. They know if two mercenaries allegedly linked to the DLP entered Linton’s home to kill him, the two rascals violated the law. Dominicans know if racketeering was taking place at the labour division, you should get the police in the mix. Dominicans know Monfared entertained DLP operatives with dirty money,and that was illegal. Dominicans know about NG Lapsing in Macau….and your devilish smile with a knife in you hand cutting cake, mr cakeman!!
    You are a bad example!!

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