Crime: PM wants to speed up convictions

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has spoken of the need to speed up convictions for crime, declaring that the justice system and the rule of law are “absolutely critical”.

He said the priority of his government is to speed up the process of convictions for crime.

“I think too many people can commit crimes in Saint Lucia without the fear that anything is going to happen to them,” the Prime Minister said Tuesday.

Chastanet told reporters that sometimes he is not sure that people appreciate what his administration inherited.

“When I talked about the fact that none of the Coast Guard boats were working -none. The radar systems were not working; the court houses are a mess,” he said.

“I am asking you all now to go to the court houses  yourselves and see the conditions – speak to the judges. The judges don’t even have chambers. This is what is going on in Saint Lucia – these are the priorities and these impact people’s daily lives,” Chastanet declared.

He said there were people whose loved ones have been arrested but are on remand and have not been charged.

The PM explained that there are individuals whose lives have been affected by crime but do not have the satisfaction of a court hearing.

He disclosed that getting a new court house, trained staff and the forensic laboratory certified are critical.

Chastanet said it was not just a matter of getting the necessary work done but doing it in a cost effective way.

“We still have the country to be able  run and a lot of critical resources are going into the judicial system,” he stated.

Chastanet, who met with European Union (EU) Ambassadors, warned  Saint Lucians that they cannot continue to depend on the level of support that this country has received from the Europeans.

“They have problems of their own,” he observed.









  1. Anonymous
    June 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Bring back capital punishment and operation restore confident simple

    1. Anonymous
      June 13, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      And i hope your family member are the first victims

  2. Anonymous
    June 13, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Stop talkin….sh….u fool……

    1. Anonymous
      June 14, 2017 at 7:05 am

      I conquer. Foolish talk.

  3. Justice
    June 13, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Mr. PM you do not speed up convictions. That is a prejudicial request. You can say speed up the court cycle, the rate at which cases come before the courts.

    When a person is brought to court it is for determination of innocence or guilt. What you implying is that once a person is charged and brought to court that person is to be convicted.

  4. Anonymous
    June 13, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    That SLP gooroo does not understand what is speed up process. He or she so determined to critisize the PM . idiot.

    1. Anonymous
      June 14, 2017 at 7:04 am

      There is always that one or two or three idiot amongst us. They always put a spin on everything

  5. Society
    June 13, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    1st…deal with the impacts mater..then retrain ..ot fire your rouge cops…retrain and rename your police so called force….be a people’s police unit……i guess that’s talk talk talk….cause this will never happen…….just do something out of the box….God damn we are fed up.. .

    1. Merciful
      June 13, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Very well said

    2. Anonymous
      June 14, 2017 at 4:17 am

      Everybody wants something different. But at least he’s making progress. Give him that. It’s more than could be said for the last party

      1. Anonymous
        June 14, 2017 at 7:03 am


  6. Anonymous
    June 14, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Must be a Freudian slip on the part of our PM.

  7. Anonymous
    June 14, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Still blaming others even after one whole year in power……..

  8. Anonymous
    June 14, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Of course he has to let people know what he inherited. he inherited all the mess which SLP left. Come on let’s face the truth. Rome was not built in a day.