IDCCV hosts forum
In the ongoing effort to effectively curb the instances of crime and violence in Dominica, the IDCCV – Interdenominational Committee on Crime and Violence, held a forum on the issue on Thursday October 10th at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Morne Bruce.
The one day event includes but was not limited to stakeholders from the Ministry of Education, the Dominica Employers Federation, the Dominica National Council of Women, and the Discover Dominica Authority, who will work to develop a national plan for crime and violence.
He said a national plan is important in Dominica to combat crime and violence as there are many concerns about this growing issue.
Member of the Interdenominational Committee on Crime and Violence, Mr. Martin Anthony stated, the IDCCV hosted numerous consultations with various stakeholders including; inmates of the State Prison, personnel of the Ministry of Education, members of the Newtown community and the Prime Minister and the Minister of National Security.
The consultations highlighted the public’s concern of the shortage of magistrates, need for competent and vigorous prosecution, intellectual and professional dishonesty by legal practitioners, lack of knowledge and proper preparation by lawyers and what appears to be a deliberate effort by legal practitioners to delay court matters.
It is hoped that, at the end of the consultation that the stakeholders would have a plan on how to combat crime and violence on the Island.