Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Daarsrean Green has disclosed that severe resource limitations in the Crown Prosecutions Service Unit adversely affected the department’s productivity over the years.
Greene said that when he took office, he immediately recognised that the Crown Prosecution service needed investment.
He said because of a lack of resources, justice was suffering to a “really great extent.”
“I am impressed and empowered by the fact that we are seeing that we are moving more positively into trying to put justice first,” Greene told a ceremony on Thursday where the United States Embassy donated a number of items to the Crown Prosecutions Service Unit.
He told the audience, which included Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Swartz Taglialatela, of the need to get housing for the courts.
“That is what we really need at this juncture – we are ready to go, all we need is proper housing so that we can continue with our task,” the acting DPP told Thursday’s ceremony.
He explained that the US Embassy’s generous donation was vital and would complement the normal budgetary allocations for the Crown Prosecutions Service Unit.
Greene said the donation will ultimately improve the department’s productivity.
“This equipment will enable us to respond to the reasonable judicial expectations which means the judicial deadlines – the deadlines provided by the courts that we need to meet,” the acting DPP stated.
Greene said the equipment, including laptop computers and filing cabinets valued at $EC 100,000, will be put to immediate use.