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National Assembly Meets in 1st Business Session following General Elections 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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HIGHLIGHTS

The National Assembly will have its first business session since the 5th June 2020 General Elections; about five weeks after the Throne Speech
Among matters to be dealt with are those related to presentation of four bills.
This sitting is expected to be staged in significantly reconfigured facilities.
Adjustments have been made to the layout of the Chamber to ensure physical distancing between Parliamentarians on the Government benches .

 

 

The National Assembly of the Government of St, Kitts and Nevis meets on Thursday 13th August 2020 in its first business session since the 5th June 2020 General Elections. This will be taking place approximately five weeks after the Throne Speech session which was convened on Wednesday 8th July 2020.

Among matters to be dealt with are those related to presentation of the following Bills:

  1. The Anti-Proliferation (Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction) Bill
  2. The Miscellaneous Amendments Financial Action Task Force Bill
  3. The National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill; and
  4. The Electronic Communications Bill

The Anti-Proliferation (Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction) Bill is intended to address the prevention and suppression of the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Bill addresses the international obligations of our Federation in relation the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluation Process and the need to strengthen financial security within the Federation.

 

The Miscellaneous Amendments Financial Action Task Force Bill is a unique style of an omnibus bill intended to address a number of small amendments to different laws including the Police Act, the Customs Act, the FSRC Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act, and the FIU Act, to bolster national security and to facilitate greater alignment with the FATF Recommendations.

The National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill provides for the length of stay that would qualify various persons to be entitled to vote in the Federation.

The Electronic Communications Bill is proposed by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ECTEL) to address the modernization and updating of the OECS sub-regional  telecommunications legislation. It would seek to repeal and replace the current Telecommunications Act of St. Kitts and Nevis which was passed in 2000.

Thursday’s sitting is expected to be staged in significantly reconfigured facilities. Adjustments to the layout of the Chamber have become necessary in order to make allowances for an increased number of Parliamentarians on the Government benches while ensuring adequate physical distancing. There will also be less than normal accommodation in the public gallery section of the Assembly hall.

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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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