At a press conference held at the Financial Center last week, Attorney General Levi Peter announced that Dominica will have a new Public Order Act this year. He said the new Act will comprehensively address all Public Order Situations, and will bring all public order legislation more closely aligned with that of other jurisdictions in the region and internationally.
Peter said the new Act will cover events such as “public meetings; the circumstances under which they can be held, the permission they require, what offenses will be created … and other related aspects.”
He also highlighted the introduction of specific public offenses, in terms of the interactions of members of the public, including riots and violent disorder. He added “such offenses will be clearly spelt out and brought into statutory clarity”.
Meantime, Peter mentioned a few Bills that are expected to go before Parliament this year, including family legislation which has been spoken about for some time, in local parlance, referred to as a family suit of legislation, which involves the Amended Domestic Violence Act, Child Justice Act, and other pieces of legislation in support of the family court. He said these will be passed.
Peter advised that Procurement Legislation is also anticipated for 2017;if not in the first sitting, then certainly early in the legislative calendar.
He added that responses came from the bar association, as regards the Bail Act and Legal Profession Act, and there are things to be done.
However, he says both Acts are being further discussed, and anticipates that they will be placed before Parliament in the first quarter of 2017.
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