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Antigua and Barbuda to Review Draft Sexual Offences Bill

Professor Velma Newton (left), Regional Project Director, IMPACT Justice together with the Honourable Steadroy Benjamin, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Antigua and BarbudaThe Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project met with the Honourable Steadroy Benjamin, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda and others within the Ministry of Legal Affairs to review a draft Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill and Sexual Offences (National Sex Offender Register) Regulations. The meeting was held on September 19, 2019, at the Ministry of Legal Affairs; the second held by the parties to discuss the amendments to the bill. Recommendations for amending the Antigua and Barbuda Sexual Offences Act were made by the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project (also funded by the government of Canada and being implemented by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)), came on the heels of the launch in January, 2019 of the Antigua and Barbuda Sexual Offences Model Court (SOMC) which was established with financial assistance from the JURIST Project. The work of establishing the court by the JURIST Project and on the amendments to the Sexual Offences Act by IMPACT Justice are evidence of the collaboration between these two Canadian government-funded projects.

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