With mere weeks to go before Julien Prevost relinquishes his position as interim Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Chief Magistrate, Evelina Baptiste has been identified to take up that post.
Prevost agreed to hold the position for three months as the former DPP, Gene Pestaina, has gone on pre-retirement leave before officially demitting office in a few weeks.
Well placed sources told DNO that Ms. Baptiste, a Dominican lawyer with a wealth of experience, is almost certain to replace Pestaina.
“She is the person and you can take it to the bank, just don’t quote me, but I have that information and is just a matter of dotting the various documents to make it official,” the source stated.
According to the source, Baptiste who in 2004/2005 acted in the post of DPP in Dominica is now tying up a few “bits and pieces” and will not “be starting any new matters on the Bench.”
“She won’t be starting up any new cases, to ensure that she is clear to take up the job in a few weeks time,” the source said.
The office of the attorney general was not prepared to speak on the matter and when contacted by DNO, Baptiste did not confirm or deny that she is the one to take up the job come July.
“Like you and my staff, I am hearing that but presently I am not in a position to speak on the matter,” she told DNO.
Earlier this year, three people were interviewed for the post but it was offered to a Guyanese national who did not accept the terms and conditions of the job.
The office of DPP is a Constitutional post enshrined in the Dominica constitution under section 88 which states that “The Director of Public Prosecutions shall be appointed by the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission. If the office of Director of Public Prosecutions is vacant or if the holder of that office is for any reason unable to exercise the functions of his office, the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission, may appoint a person to act as Director.”