Judge concerned about juveniles being brought before High Court

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Share A High Court Judge has expressed concern regarding juveniles being brought before her Court.Justice Bernie Stephenson-Brooks said in Court that a proper Juvenile Court should be established in Dominica.Her comments come in light of a juvenile who was brought before her Court on Monday;17 year old William Valmond pleaded guilty to wounding Chad Joseph on the 4th of March, 2010 on Elliot Avenue in Pottersville.“Again I express concern about juveniles being brought before the High Court. Juveniles have no place before the High Court. I must express my discontent with juveniles being brought before the High Court.”Justice Stephenson-Brooks also identified instances in which juveniles could be brought before the High Court.“Juveniles should only be brought before the High Court for charges of murder, treason, misfeasance or if they are jointly charged with adults. A minor has no place before the High Court.”Attorney representing Valmond complained to the Judge that his client had been brought down from the prison together with adult prisoners.The judge therefore instructed a senior police officer who was present in Court to inform police officers responsible for transporting juveniles to Court that they are to be brought from the State Prison separate adult prisoners or accused individuals. “Please inform the officers that under the Convention of the Rights of the Child which Dominica has signed onto that juveniles are not to be kept or transported in the company of adults and they are not to be handcuffed.” Justice Stephenson-Brooks also cautioned the senior officer by stating; “Please don’t let me hear that this has happened again”.She has ordered that a pre-sentencing social inquiry report be conducted to assist her in preparing sentencing. She informed Valmond that he should cooperate fully with the Social Welfare workers as they will visit him to conduct the report.Valmond informed the Judge that he had been receiving counseling and she expressed her delight at receiving this information.He has been remanded at the State’s Prison in Stockfarm for 3 weeks pending the report.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Judge concerned about juveniles being brought before High Court by: – February 14, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img

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