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Governor General delivers Throne Speech during the National Assembly

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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HIGHLIGHTS

The first sitting of the National Assembly was held on Wednesday 8th July 2020 at the Marriott Ballroom
The Governor General of St Kitts and Nevis delivered the Throne Speech providing an overview of the Team Unity's vision for the second term.
All Elected Representatives of the Opposition party were absent at the sitting. No Senator has yet been nominated on the Opposition Benches.
National Assembly was held for the first time outside the Parliament Chamber to house the invited guests and respect the regulations of COVID-19

The first sitting of the National Assembly to signal the start of the new Parliamentary term was convened on Wednesday 8th July 2020 at the Marriott Ballroom in Frigate Bay. His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, delivered the Throne Speech providing an overview of the vision for the second term of the Team Unity Administration. This was the highlight of the proceedings for the sitting.

This was preceded by:

  • The Royal Proclamation read by Clerk of the Assembly Mrs. Sonia Boddie-Thompson
  • An Invocation by Rev Adelyn Mgonela of the Moravian Church
  • The Election of a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker, respectively both of whom took the Oath of Allegiance
  • All Members present, nine (9) Representatives and three (3) Senators took their oaths of office.

Notably absent from this inaugural sitting were any members on the ‘Opposition’ side. Neither Hon  Dr. Geoffrey Hanley who was returned as the Representative for Constituency One and Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas who was returned as the Representative for Constituency Six, attended the sitting. No Senator had as yet been nominated on the Opposition Benches.

The historical staging of the sitting of the inaugural National Assembly outside of the Parliament Chamber was done in a manner to accommodate the invited guests within a venue that offered greater capacity for physical distancing in light of the Nation’s response to COVID-19.

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It is the principal mission of the Office of the Attorney General to provide legal advice and services to and on behalf of The Crown, and to conduct and respond to all matters of litigation for and against The Crown or any Ministry or Agency of the Government.

Importantly, its mandate includes the extensive oversight of the legislative agenda of the Government.

The Office of the Attorney General also provides administrative support for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and superintends all matters relating to the Electoral Office.

Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs

The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs ensures that the rule of law is facilitated and supported by the various mechanisms by which citizens can have equal access to the justice system and by which they can be afforded the protection of the law. It also takes responsibility for ensuring that the statutes are updated and modernized to keep pace with an evolving society.

Quick and convenient access to important and noteworthy matters relevant to entities under the Office of the Attorney General and departments within the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs.

Hon. Mr. Vincent Byron
Attorney General

Ms. Diana Francis
Permanent Secretary

(Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs)

The Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General is chiefly responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to the Executive Branch of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. The functioning of the Office is rooted in the Constitution and is further detailed by the provisions of the Attorney General’s Act Cap 3.02 of the laws of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

One of the more prolific manifestations of the advisory functions of the Office of the Attorney General is its contribution to the legislative agenda of the government. As such, the responsibility of preparation of all legislation: from conceptualization to the presentation of Bills and the crafting of Regulations falls within the purview of the office.

Get In Touch

Government Headquarters,
Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts

+1(869) 467-1013

attorneygeneral@gov.kn

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