Resident judge appeals for establishment of juvenile center in Dominica

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first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 23 Views   one commentcenter_img Share LocalNews Resident judge appeals for establishment of juvenile center in Dominica by: – April 2, 2012 Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks speaking at the UWI Dominica Open Campus recognition ceremony for graduates last week Thursday.A High Court judge has issued a plea to the government of Dominica to consider establishing a juvenile center on the island.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks issued that appeal at the closing of the January Criminal Assizes at the High Court of Justice on Monday.There are 12 juveniles forming part of the male population 3 of whom are convicted and 9 who are on remand.“I am sending out a plea for the consideration of the establishment of a juvenile detention facility for young offenders. I am not prepared to deal with juveniles unless they are charged with murder, jointly charged with an adult, as an adult or with treason”.She also urged lawyers to “stand their ground in the Magistrate Court” and insist that matters involving juveniles are dealt with by a magistrate.She also highlighted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Dominica is a signatory to noting that it advocates for the protection of children’s rights, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.The January 2012 Criminal Assizes officially closed after completing two cases, aborting two and traversing a number of cases to the May Criminal Assizes.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also noted with “regret” the number of matters which had to be traversed through no fault of the Court.The two completed cases were the State verses Manuela Williams, Loretta Xavier and Herbert Xavier who each received a 15 year sentence after they were found guilty of murdering their brother Harrison Williams at Soufriere in 2010 and Kenrick Tyson who received a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering Cecil James in Concord in 2009.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also announced that she is in the process of preparing a “white paper” which she will present to media practitioners on the “do’s and don’t’s of court reporting”.She explained her reason for creating such a document is to motivate “responsible and accurate” media reporting on the island.The May Criminal Assizes is scheduled to commence on May 8th, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img


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