Attorney General Levi Peter announces a draft Sexual Offenses Amendment Bill will soon go to Parliament for approval
Attorney General Levi Peter announces a draft Sexual Offenses Amendment Bill 2016 will soon go to Parliament for approval. Peter made that announcement while addressing a press briefing in the NAO Office at the Financial Centre, on Monday.
Peter disclosed that the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security has been involved in the process which started in March of 2015, where concerns were raised by members of the public and persons involved in the legal profession, as regards the inadequacies in the Sexual Offensive Act of 1998 as it currently stands.
He added that in October 2015 a special committee was appointed under the chairmanship of legal Consultant, Ray Harris, to look at the provisions of the Act and to make some recommendations for amendments. He further advised that in January 2016, Mr. Harris submitted his report to the Justice Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore with an Amendment Bill to the Sexual Offences Act.
Peter says he has made some observations on the report, and there will be some further discussion in a bid to get for clarifications of some areas, which he anticipates should not take an extensive period of time.
Peter expects the draft Sexual Offenses Amendment Bill 2016 will soon be in a form that can be taken to Cabinet, and hopes Cabinet will approve it with or without further amendment, and thereafter it will be taken to Parliament for debate, hopefully with approval and subsequent enactment via the assent of the President.
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