Inniss and Marshall clash over DPP’s priorities

Former Attorney General Dale Marshall and Minister of Commerce, International Business and Small Business Development Donville Inniss today clashed in Parliament over the work schedule of the Office of Director of Prosecutions (DPP).

In his contribution to the debate on the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2017  Marshall, the Member of Parliament for St Joseph, proposed that the DPP should give priority to murder, rape and illegal guns cases in a bid to fast track the delivery of justice.

While accepting that the Constitution bars the executive branch from giving directives to the DPP, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party legislator insisted that in very much the same way Government departments prioritize their work, there was no reason the island’s chief prosecutor could not do the same.

“I can personally see no reason why as a matter of course murder trials should not be prioritized in our system, rapes should also be given priority in our system . . . in  my view the work of the Office of the DPP should similarly be prioritized,” he said.

However, Inniss wasted no time shooting down the recommendation, insisting that the Office of the DPP must remain free of interference.

He also made his own recommendation, this time relating to the appointment of senior judicial officers, arguing it should be taken out of the “realm of politicians and the executive arm of Government”.

“We must find a more impartial manner in which we can select judicial officers. That is not a criticism of the character of the individuals who held these offices over the years, it is just my position in terms of how the system functions,” Inniss contended, going on to say he was repared to stand on his own on the matter.

He also questioned whether the country was satisfied with the judicial system, insisting that accountability was essential.

“If you give officers all the tools that they need to do the job but yet still you cannot get matters heard and discharged in a reasonable time, then such officers must be held accountable.

“Are we satisfied that we are getting enough out of the judicial system in Barbados today?  If so why not? Let us be bold enough to devise a system to hold them accountable where there are rewards and penalties. We can’t keep burying our heads in the sands and talking around this,” he told the House.

2 Responses to Inniss and Marshall clash over DPP’s priorities

  1. Greengiant December 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Dale boy I agree with you on this one. I have a wonder for concern just like you Dale. “How come you couldn’t see this and have it legislated, or made a practise while you were our Attorney General / Minister of Home Affairs”?

    You only know these things now you looking for mileage? Pity what being in opposition helps you to see, that’s why with all the experience between the opposition and the government, I do believe that a good decade in opposition for both BLP and DLP could be a blessing. I’m sure your experienced eyes will open much more to the needs of the people. For the last three decades or so, your eyes have only seen what was needed by the members of both parties.

    I know, i’m certified in political ophthalmology. Ask the opposition leader, we got out qualification at the same institution. They signed letters for me to practice too.

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  2. Helicopter(8P) December 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Under the scales of justice let there be no political interference by parties of politics or peoples!

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