Accomplice Evidence Review
An examination of whether accomplice evidence should be regulated by statute.
Terms of Reference
This area of review was brought to the attention of the Commission by the DPP as well as by public comments on the need to find varied ways of stemming the growth of crime in the Islands. The main precedent was the UK Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, 2005. Also considered in depth was the Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreements) Act of 2005 of Jamaica before its recent amendments.
The Commission is seeking comments on the need for statutory regulation of such types of evidence and, if there is such a need, whether the Islands should adopt the UK approach taken in the Bill which deals with the evidence of accomplices or provide for plea negotiations similar to those in the USA and Jamaica. Submitted for comments are the Discussion Paper and the Criminal Justice (Offenders Assisting Investigations and Prosecutions) Bill, 2017.
The Criminal Justice (Offenders Assisting Investigations and Prosecutions) Bill, 2017 (draft)