Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs

AGLA Media Release 05 April 2020

The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago v The Registrar of The Supreme Court, The Commissioner of Prisons, The Commissioner of Police and The Children’s Authority

1. On April 1st 2020, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley MP, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago announced that the Government after consultation through the Attorney General with the major stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System including the Chief Justice, the Commissioner of Prisons, the Commissioner of Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Chief Public Defender and the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, would consider the risk posed to society by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (the ‘COVID-19 virus’) in the context of non-violent low risk prisoners (i) who have been granted bail but who have not been able to access bail (ii) who have been sentenced and have appealed conviction and who are entitled to apply for bail; and (iii) who were sentenced and who have not appealed but are near end of sentence.

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