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AG Chambers Outstanding Management and Response to Pandemic

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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The Staff of the Office of the Attorney General were faced with many challenges in response to producing regulations for the COVID 19 pandemic
Hon Vincent Byron laments on the experience producing the regulations on restricted time limits being a "high pressure period"
Hon Vincent Byron explains the duties of the of the AG Chambers and shares insight on the process of producing the Regulations
Due to the curfew special permits had to be granted to the staff of the Attorney General chambers and they were deemed essential workers
Hon Vincent Byron commends his team for a job well done during this period to produce this set of framework

 

The implementation of a State Of Emergency and its attendant emergency powers as part of the management of the national response to the Covid 19 Pandemic presented great challenges for the staff of the Office of the Attorney General. They were called upon to produce in a timely manner a series of Regulations to keep pace with the changing dynamics of the response over a protracted period.

This required a great deal of sacrifice of all within the Chambers in order to ensure that there was a secure legal footing at all relevant times. Attorney General Hon Vincent Byron reminisces about the experience recalling it to be one of a high pressure period.

“After the first set of regulations were passed there was a nightly curfew during the period until after elections and so the time to actually do work was very limited. There were days where there was a total lockdown where people had to be at home and in some cases we had to get them (parliamentary councils Karen Hughes and Alison Isaac) special permits to come to office as members of the Attorney General chambers and staff; they were deemed essential workers.”

Their duties were to draft regulations depending on the particular circumstance which had to be signed by his Excellency Governor General Sir Tapley Seaton and had to be rushed to the government printery .The dedicated staff at the Government Printery worked tirelessly to produce about 6-7 regulations which had to be tweaked, mended or changed depending on the recommendations of the chief medical officer and Dr Laws and Dr Camron Wilkinson the medical chief of staff at JNF (Joseph N France Hospital).

Hon Vincent Byron commends his team for a job well done in gathering all the necessary information in a matter of 2-3 weeks, being available 24/7 and working way beyond the call of duty during this period to produce this set of framework; it was all-in-all a major team effort.

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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