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National Assembly passes one (1) of three (3) Bills presented at Sitting on 3rd September 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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HIGHLIGHTS

Attorney General seconded the introduction of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Judicial Officers Pensions) Bill, 2020
Attorney General introduced the National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill 2020
Attorney General contributed to the substantive debate on the Advance Cargo Information Bill, 2020

At a meeting of the National Assembly held on 3rd September 2020, three bills were presented for consideration by the Parliament.

The Advance Cargo Information Bill, 2020, which provides for the provision of advance information relating to the cargo and passengers of a conveyance received all three readings and was passed by the Assembly. This Bill is geared towards enhancing border security control efforts in relation to the movement of cargo and certain passenger information that would be required by the Customs Department.

Attorney General Hon Vincent Byron contributed to the substantive debate in regard to this Bill. In doing so he also made reference to St. Kitts and Nevis’ obligations as they relate to its commitment regionally to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and internationally to the Financial Action Task Force. He explained how the Bill’s empowerment of the Customs Department would promote greater diligence in interdicting money laundering and drug and arms trafficking.

The first reading of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Judicial Officers Pensions) Bill, 2020, was seconded by the Hon Attorney General after being moved by the Hon Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris. This Bill seeks to provide for pensions and gratuities payable in respect of the service of judicial officers of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

The National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was moved by the Hon Attorney General and had its first reading at the sitting. This Bill seeks to provide for the length of stay that would qualify various persons to vote in the Federation.

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.

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Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts

+1(869) 467-1013

attorneygeneral@gov.kn

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