Know Your Laws: Publishing of Sexual Offence Information

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Know Your Laws: Publishing of Sexual Offence Information

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PRESS RELEASE – “Know you laws” is a production of the Press Office of the Royal St Lucia Police Force.

Did You Know ?

ANONYMITY OF COMPLAINANT AND ACCUSED

(Section 138 of the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia 2008)

(1) After a person is charged with an offence under this Sub-Part (Sexual Offences) , any matter that is likely to lead members of the public to identify a person as the complainant or as the accused in relation to that charge shall not be published in a written publication or be broadcast in this State except—

(a) if, on the application of the complainant or the accused, the Court directs that the effect of the restriction is to impose a substantial and unreasonable restriction on the reporting of proceedings and that it is in the public interest to remove the restriction in respect of the applicant; or

(b) in the case of the accused, after the person has been tried and convicted of the offence.

(2) A person who publishes or broadcasts any matter in contravention of subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine of $50,000 and to imprisonment for 3 years.

(3) The person referred to in subsection (2) is in the case of—

(a) a publication in a newspaper or periodical, any proprietor, editor or publisher of the newspaper or periodical;

(b) any other publication, the person who published;

(c) a broadcast by a body corporate which transmits or provides the programme in which the broadcast is made,the person having functions in relation to the programme corresponding to those of an editor or publisher of a newspaper.

(4) In subsection (1)—

“Accused” means—

(a) a person named in an information alleging that the person has committed the offence;

(b) a person who appears before the Court charged with the offence;

“Complainant” in relation to a person accused of an offence includes the person against whom the offence is alleged to have been committed.

This has been “Know Your Laws”. We at the Royal Saint Lucia Police force encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power.

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  1. Let the public know all laws. But also know that GOD own is higher and more worth keeping. It is written; If you love Me keep my commands.

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  2. That law represented the thinking of a particular era. It is true that publication in an uninformed society can influence outcome but in this information age, information literacy is key. Persons spin information to suit themselves and many have not attained sufficient literacy, these factors can have a negative influence on society and justice. If it is truley declared that a man is innocent until proven guilty then evidenced introduce can be discussed by the public in a responsible manner. I can understand when it comes the the issue of juveniles we have to offer some kind of protection. What we as a society must ensure is to teach persons who are functionally or information illiterate in becoming effective citizens. This can only be achieved through the auspices of schools and other life learning institutions such as libraries etc. Otherwise we will have blanket laws on our books which prevents our development while not even addressing the issue.

    The fact that our society suffers from many illiteracies , our communication method is mainly aural, therefore much opinionated talk is treated as fact. News is spread aurally, and we know how the outcome become distorted, we all have played the game of whispering the same message in the other's ear and listening to the final message. Our illiteracy may even grow since we have instituted a method of universal secondary education. Where are the checks to ensure that that these students come out literate? Even our leaders appear to be information illiterate, witness some of the laws we are now passing and compare them to the reason given for passing them or what they are supposed to remedy. Examine the recent traffic amendment, does it do anything to prevent anyone from driving illegally? In fact it may just encourage a new form of illegality, where licences could be manufactured. Does it encourage persons t owning up to their responsibility after an accident? I have heard is some quarters a simple explanation that encourages us to be more disciplined. Should a law be implemented just simply to advance discipline? In fact just being information literate one would know that any statutory legislation that is passed with an ulterior motive is grounds for a judicial review. Therefore if the explanation given by the Government does not stand up to the real effect of the law then it maybe considered unreasonable therefore scratched from the books. St. Lucian teach yourself to learn for the police themselves are victims of information illiteracy.

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  3. RSLPF ROCKS
    The law however outdated or current is still the law and therefor function as is, generation x may have an excuse but not in our time we have the tools to educate ourselves and others this can be done via public schooling or other medium offered. Knowing the law of the land is a plus for law abiding citizen.
    It is in our own best interest to brush up on not just the laws of the Island but the happenings in general, ignorance of the law is no excuse when facing a judge or jury for offences done in ignorance of not knowing your rights, be smart use the information offered by the most generous (RSLPF) it’s free. Together we can take a bit out of crime. Unite my people.

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  4. What d ass, put d dam ting in English. The average man cannot understand all that runaround rhetoric there. Thats why they will still keep sharing every piece of local porn they get on facebook and whatsapp, amd we all know the RSLPF cannot track anybody

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  5. Indeed knowledge is power. St Lucians know your laws and know rights your rights for a better St Lucia.

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