Justice, Immigration and National Security Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, has said a commission will be established to revise the laws of Dominica.
Speaking on the‘Talking Point’ Program aired on state-owned DBS Radio earlier this week, Blackmoore said the laws of Dominica were revised 25 years ago.
“The last time our laws were revised was about 25 years ago,” he said adding since that time a number of legislations, both on the primary and subsidiary level, have been passed.
“So what do you have therefore, you have a number of pieces of legislation all over the place not being consolidated,” Blackmoore explained. “We are about to put together a law commission so that those revisions can be done.”
He added, “We are going to ensure what needs to be done in order to facilitate that process and that itself will require also the appropriate software to ensure that is done.”
Meantime, he said the salaries, allowances and work conditions of magistrates and state attorneys will also be reviewed.
“There has been expression as to the salaries and allowances currently being enjoyed by our magistrates,” he stated. “Really and truly, we have a number of great folks in this country and so that is why we are doing a comparative analysis to see what obtains in similar economies, to see the type of salaries and allowances that magistrates are getting to see that whether we can meet them halfway.”
He noted that this will be done, “so that we can have a cadre of persons with the requisite commitment and diligence to seat on the Bench.”
“That is critical,” he stated.
Blackmoore also said the issue of the administration of the magistrate court system will be examined.
He said another important issue on the cards is facilitating “highly qualified persons who return from law school.”
“Some of them are working in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution and I must say the director herself brings to her job a high level of expertise and experience and we need to have persons like that,” the minister noted. “They have to be encouraged and they have to be facilitated … we have been able to do that at a certain extent.”