THE Home Affairs Minister has sent shock waves through the legal profession by authorising the indefinite detention of suspects without charge.
On 5 June, Senator Wendy Kinnard amended the criminal code that had limited pre-charge detention to 36 hours.
She did so under delegated powers enjoyed by the minister under the terms of the Police Procedures and Criminal Evidence (Jersey) Law.
However, that same law states that before such changes to codes are made, the minister is required to publish a draft of the changes and consult interested parties. She did neither of these things—a failure that has left the Island’s criminal lawyers stunned.
Wow! This makes NuLabour look positively liberal. And whilst our politicians have had to slice away at the salami—72 hours, to 7 days to 14 days to 28 days to 42 days (I think that was the progression)—Senator Wendy Kinnard seems to have gone the whole hog in one day.
Which is appropriate for someone who bears a close resemblance to a fucking pig.
The new code came into force on Thursday, but no statement was released to either the media or the legal profession.
No, I bet it wasn't...