AG: We need to move on
ATTORNEY General Anand Ramlogan says while he agrees with Chief Justice Ivor Archie that any move to abolish preliminary enquiries must not be rushed, the issue must be addressed in a decisive manner.
Following an address by Archie to open the 2012/2013 Law Term at the Convocation Hall at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain yesterday, Ramlogan told reporters that the abolition of preliminary enquiries has been a topic of discussion for the last 15 years.
"So whilst I endorse what the Chief Justice said, that we need to have a measured, organised approach, I also wish to say that if we are not careful, we will be talking about it for the next 15 years," Ramlogan said.
Responding to the declaration by Archie that the Judiciary never discussed or contemplated partial implementation of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011, Ramlogan said he had noted what Archie said.
"That is not news to me. I did not hear prior to that (the proclamation of Section 34 of the Act) that the Judiciary, or the Director of Public Prosecutions for that matter, say that they had expected that proclamation.
"This matter has been fully ventilated and I said it was a Parliamentary oversight. It certainly was not within the contemplation of the Parliament at the time. If it was, I think the ramifications and the implications, and certainly the unintended consequences, have now led to that matter being put to rest.
"Questions will continue to be asked about this matter but we need to move on from it as well because we also have to devote our attention to the more critical pressing issues affecting the day-to-day operations of the country."