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From Marabella to Olint by the Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes

August 17, 2013 in Publications

From Marabella to Olint: What in Heaven’s name is happening? by the Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes

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Developments in the law relating to visual identification evidence by Ian Wilkinson

August 17, 2013 in Publications

Developments in the law relating to visual identification evidence: A Jamaican Perspective by Ian G. Wilkinson, June 4, 2009.

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The Constitution at 50 by B. St. Michael Hylton, Q.C.

August 16, 2013 in Publications

The Constitution at 50: Where do we go from here? by B. St. Michael Hylton, Q.C. presented at Gran Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay on June 7, 2009.

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Presentation on POCA by Amina Maknoon

June 1, 2013 in Publications, Training

The Challenges of Poca

Private Rights vs. Public Benefit

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I begin my presentation today with a quote from Dr. Henley Morgan in an article he wrote for the Jamaica Observer dated May 21, 2008

‘Where crime pays, crime stays’.

He went on to say in that article:‘The conviction rate for serious crime is in the region of 35 per cent, ranking Jamaica among the poorest performers in apprehending and putting criminals behind bars. We tolerate lawlessness and disorderly conduct as a normal way of life. When a crime boss dies, he is recognised with an extravagant funeral and more “bling” than would be accorded the most honourable man. But there is an even more sinister reason why Jamaica is the best place to be a criminal. In Jamaica crime pays and it pays big. In fact, it yields bigger pay days with less sweat and fewer risks than any other job or form of investment.’


Implied in his statement is the notion that if we ensure that crime does not pay, criminals will be put out of business, and the crime rate will be reduced. It is this school of thought which was the driving force behind proceeds of crime legislation worldwide. Living in a global society with the development of technology, commerce, banking and financial services over the years, the methods by which criminals attempt to conceal those proceeds have become more and more sophisticated. Therefore, although laws previously existed in relation to the confiscation or forfeiture of the proceeds of crime, it has been recognized that the authorities require significantly wider powers in order to locate and confiscate those proceeds. Hence POCA and the Regulations made thereunder.

The Jamaican Proceeds of Crime Act 2007 (hereinafter referred to as ‘POCA’) was gazetted on March 2, 2007 and came into effect on May 30, 2007, (hereinafter referred to as ‘the appointed day’).

Subsidiary legislation under POCA has also been enacted. The Proceeds of Crime Regulations, 2007 (‘the POCA Regulations’) The Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering Prevention) Regulations 2007 (‘the POCA MLP Regulations’) Both pieces of subsidiary legislation were gazetted on March 29, 2007.

Newer concept

February 4, 2013 in Publications

Another old idea.

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New Author posting

February 4, 2013 in Publications

AAJ Members standing together

AAJ Members standing together

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