Ten new attorneys have been hired for the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
This comes mere days after the DPP’s office received criticism from both the Prime Minister and the Attorney General.
Gaspard recently stated that his office was affected by “an acute and chronic” staff shortage that affected its ability to properly prosecute cases. He said his office had 58 attorneys, including some with little or no court experience.
However the AG, Reginald Armour, in response said that’s an unsatisfactory explanation for under-performance of the DPP.
Armour added: “The issue of a lack of resources impacts all of our institutions and is not limited to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The DPP is not being deliberately starved of resources, as indeed the reality of the unoccupied Park Street Office shows. I can see no political benefit in the government deliberately under-resourcing the DPP.”
The DPP is not responsible for hiring attorneys for his office, but is assigned attorneys.
Both Armour and Gaspard are set to meet to discuss a series of issues.