Officers Actions Affecting Cases

Probation officers, once again fed up with their working conditions, brought attention to their situation outside the Dickenson Bay Street premises last week. (Photo by Theresa Gordon/OBSERVER media)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The effects of action by probation officers protesting poor working conditions continue to ripple through the judiciary.

Yesterday, four cases set for sentencing had to be adjourned because the Social Inquiry Reports which are prepared by the officers, had not been delivered to the judge, prosecutors and defense lawyers.

Consequently, the four convicts who were expecting to know their fate, were further remanded into custody at her Majesty’s Prison.

The cases were adjourned to January 2014.

OBSERVER media tried unsuccessfully to reach Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Social Transformation, Cicely Phillip, under which the Probation Department falls.

Reports indicate last week, Phillip met with at least two ministers to discuss the officers’ concern over limited office space; lack of adequate equipment; lack of air-conditioning in the enclosed cramped office and inadequate bathroom facilities, among other issues.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)


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