Dominica’s laws to be revised

Blackmoore said Dominica's laws were revised 25 years ago
Blackmoore said Dominica’s laws were revised 25 years ago

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.”

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33 Comments

  1. Bussiness Minded
    January 24, 2015

    I believe that Parliamentary form of government gives the sitting government too much power. We need a republic style so that revising the laws is a continuous process.

    We should begin by revising election laws and remodel the election commission.

  2. Jon Carson
    January 23, 2015

    Hon. Blackmoore can we have a face-to-face talk?

  3. Peter Potter
    January 23, 2015

    Which laws exactly are you talking about? I fear the worst, I do not trust that cabal at all at all.

  4. Ouveh zyehw
    January 22, 2015

    All this talk is only a precursor to facilitating the change to the Buggery Laws under our noses.

  5. Alc
    January 22, 2015

    Really ? common Blackmore, I trust you can speak better than this.. are you not a university graduate ? Don’t disappoint your university.

    • Naomi
      January 24, 2015

      my sentiments exactly

  6. January 22, 2015

    they can keep their bite-com i’ll have no part in it.

  7. Dominican
    January 22, 2015

    Term limits should be considered…. After a while, ruling parties tend to become complacent and start to believe they own the place.

  8. Liberty
    January 22, 2015

    The House has not been reconvened after the election ,and here we have ministers making policy statements on the hoof.
    Convene the house now,and let the goverment announce the programme for the coming year.Not individual statements
    Let constitution rule.

  9. anonymous2
    January 22, 2015

    Are they going to be revised for the better or the worse. I would guess the latter with special interests getting priority. Most people here just sit and wait rather than being proactive to begin with. Wait until they see what is in store for them. They no longer care if you are watching them. They are in charge and above the law. Their close friends will reap the rewards, the rest will be left to fend for themselves. Wait and see.

  10. January 22, 2015

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Mr Blackmoore please start with the Criminal Procedure Law then the Penal Code. After that revised the Real Estate Law because I cannot build my home on my mother land because someone build on it without any plans file with the Government or any paper for the land. I spend twelve thousand dollars in Attorneys fee just to be told by the Court they won’t make the person move their wooden house.

    • The Facts
      January 22, 2015

      I have empathy for you. Recently, a friend and I had a similar discussion about someone who tried to build on their land in Dominica. It was curtailed but not without some problems.
      If you had known about it from the beginning, you could have done something about it. It should not be too late.
      Laws in the islands are slack. This person should produce a land certificate indicating that the land which he built on belongs to him.
      I do feel all what you mentioned should be revised. You could personally write Mr. Blackmoore. This is why they go public with their intention. I hope they take the views of the public seriously and act upon them.

  11. kae
    January 22, 2015

    Like the daily photo idea, and love the “braff catch”. Those fish made my day up here in cold NewYork.Refreshingggggg!

  12. January 22, 2015

    Is anyone listening— Dominica is set to be the first nation to adopt Bitcoin following a successful collaboration between island officials, Coinapult, Aspen Assurance, Bitcoin Beauties and the College Cryptocurrency Network, who have partnered to deliver the project, officially titled The Bit Drop.

    The Bit Drop project will to send Bitcoin to every resident on Dominica, a Caribbean commonwealth island, via SMS texting. With a population of over 70,000, this project will create the world’s largest and highest density Bitcoin community.

    The Bit Drop is scheduled to take place on 14th March 2015 at 09:26 to coincide with Pi Day. To mark this unprecedented event The Bit Drop will be throwing an island-wide party with celebrities, musicians and supporters of Bitcoin, fire dancers, sponsored tropical island spirits, free giveaways, and bitcoin education booths during the event. This will be the first time a government has embraced the potential of Bitcoin for the population of a whole…

    • January 22, 2015

      Has anyone heard the government say anything about this? Please educate me.
      Watch ” Sarah Blincoe Talks” “The Bit Drop” on YouTube.
      http://youtu.be/MKk5nBXUXJA

  13. Views Expressed
    January 22, 2015

    Dear Mr. BlACKMORE- PLEASE BE GUIDED
    Principle in the process of changes in the laws, lease consider the following:-
    1.Electoral reform,
    2. Protection of Government, OUR state funds,
    3. Tracking of bobol, stealing of government funds and expenses
    4. Ensure due prudence etc…
    5. Do a review as to who stole the December 8th 2015 elections. You can go back and review the 2009 elections also to get some of the planned thievery practices
    6. Appropriate laws that the G.O.N Emmanuel bombing criminal act does NOT happen again and that changes in the law will create “EASY DOORS”…..that open the truth to all criminal acts.

    Mr Blackmore we do not need more sweet talk and promises. Mr Blackmore we are watching you and your questionable government. WE ARE NOT HAPPEN WITH GOVERNMENT…….AND WE DO NOT TRUST YOU WITH OUR MONEY.

  14. Expose dem
    January 22, 2015

    I’m a supporter of tge uwp administration, but I must say with all the of tge wall nonsense that’s been going on with the labor party and our country, I have high regards and I applaud Mr blackmore the way he has conducted business since he’s been in office, I think he will be the one to break tge corruption status of his party, keep up the good work Mr blackmore, continue to do it for country.

    • Shameless
      January 22, 2015

      Little do you know my dear friend! Just look beneath the surface and you will see what “appears” to be gold on the surface is actually copper.

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted:

  15. TOFFEE CITY
    January 22, 2015

    also when was the electoral list revised… I hope this is part of the revision

    • Papa Dom
      January 22, 2015

      Complete re-registration was done 1979/80 when Charles saverin and the freedom party was desperate to get into government.

  16. January 22, 2015

    The convening of parliament is of paramount importance. Is anyone thinking about that? Shouldn’t it be first thing first? It’s been a month and a half since the election and nothing is being said.

  17. The Evangelist
    January 22, 2015

    There is NO law, No Constitution to stop us from doing what we know is wrong! So “Go to Hell, Go to Hell, Go to Hell,” cause what I do is no body’s damn business!!!

    • SMh
      January 23, 2015

      so boring with that line now….come up with something fresh…sot

  18. Frank Talker
    January 22, 2015

    What is this Minster really saying, nuh? Let’s take a quote from his statement:

    “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,”

    Is he talking about law revision or consolidation? If the purpose of the exercise is to bring all the pieces of new legislation into their proper chapter, and to have them bound as one, then there is no need for revision. Only a consolidation is needed.

  19. Thor
    January 22, 2015

    What is the point of the revision when existing laws are haphazardly enforced?

  20. derp
    January 22, 2015

    revise the cannabis law as well, there is a lot of money to be made from that crop, take Jamaica example
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30926714

  21. grell
    January 22, 2015

    Blackoore Dominica has no laws,It is a corrupt state.But time will tell it will crumble.

    • kae
      January 22, 2015

      Nonsense grill!

  22. Charles
    January 22, 2015

    I’m really excited to see this forward change, too many countries are stuck with outdated laws (America)!!! Hopefully we will not forget the beautiful advances made in Colorado and Washington to make the bold move to decriminalize and legalize cannabis in Dominica. Things would change!

    • Johnson
      January 22, 2015

      I fully agree with you sir, we are at a great point in our history to make radical and bold moves like the one you suggested. I also hope we will see higher wages and more religious and sexual tolerance. God bless Dominica, i love this place.

  23. tet pool
    January 22, 2015

    It would be interesting to see the kinds of laws you are advocating to bring to pass…hope is not laws to infringe on peoples rights to express themselves and ask legitimate questions of their elected officials…just waiting to see, boss!

    • Ba Yo Bwa
      January 22, 2015

      Hope you also accept that one’s right to “express themselves and ask legitimate questions” comes with a high degree of care and sensitivity, keeping in mind that a right to express myself and ask “hard” questions of my elected representatives in NO way trumps the rights of my fellow citizens to go about their legitimate business unfettered, unafraid, and without hindrance of any kind. Keep in mind, therefore, that with rights comes responsibilities. The two are the opposite sides of the same coin.

      • voire dire
        January 23, 2015

        one word…utter rubbish!

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