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Apr 7, 2016

Ambassador Moreno Says Prosecution in Belize Needs Strengthening

Ambassador Moreno explained that there are very specific allocations for the funding, but all of it is geared to improving a justice system which has shown some wear and tear, diplomatically speaking.

 

Carlos Moreno, United States Ambassador

Carlos Moreno

“We had a class of about twenty to twenty-five Police officers trained by a special group of trainers from the UK. Belize has a unique system of having Police prosecutors for the lesser offences – actually some of them are quite serious, so that training provided training in advocacy, presentation of evidence, argument and so forth. Another example of what we’re working on right now is to train the Justice of the Peace throughout Belize…to bring in a consultant to work with the Association of Justices of the Peace to work on rules of ethics, procedures and

I also alluded, we funded a criminal justice advisor to assist with the reformulation amendment of certain rules of criminal procedure that really address the issue of backlog and delay in cases being processed in the system. As one who has worked in the trial courts for sixteen years, I know that case management is really essential to fighting delay in the Courts, and really that is a systematic problem wherever you go, but in particular here cases are lost because of delay, witnesses recanting, lack of recorded statements…one can easily see how that delay can result in justice being denied.”

 

Reporter

“If I could continue on that vein, a lot for the delay is perceived to be caused the prosecution which is not only the Police prosecution but also the Crown Counsels who are overwhelmed. Would there perhaps be a thought to allocation in that area?”

 

Carlos Moreno, United States Ambassador

“That’s certainly something…I agree that is a concern. Combatting delay really cuts both ways…it forces defense lawyers to get ready, but it also forces the prosecutors to get ready for trial. So I think addressing the lack of resources in the prosecution office is something that should be considered.”

 

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2 Responses for “Ambassador Moreno Says Prosecution in Belize Needs Strengthening”

  1. Rod says:

    This ambasador to Belize is a joke at a time when the us is letting out all the criminals murderers thieves drug pushers etc he wants Belize to to do the opposite .

  2. Spike says:

    I agree with Moreno. I think prosecution in Belize does need strengthening. Perhaps the PM could begin with the all the corruption within the Dept. of Lands and Surveys. When GOB employees are locked up for facilitating land title fraud, the problem will stop.

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