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Proclamations & Regulations for SOEs Declared December 6, 2022

Up until the time of publishing this blog post, I have been unable to find copies of the Proclamations and Regulations for the States of Emergency declared on December 6, 2022 online. I have been checking the websites I usually check without success – Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Justice and Parliament. I have also checked the Ministry of National Security website, which isn’t a site I usually check for copies of the Gazette.

Yesterday morning (Dec 14), I called the Jamaica Printing Services on Duke Street to ask if I could collect a copy of the gazetted documents and was told to check back in the afternnon, but I wasn’t able to. I called again this morning and was told yes, I could get the copies. So I collected them this afternoon.

I am sharing the copies below:

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Update: WRONG Copy Tabled – The Emergency Powers (Parish of St Catherine) (No. 2) Regulations, 2022 Tabled in Parliament

UPDATE: TODAY (JUNE 22, 2022) IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT THE WRONG COPY OF THE SOE REGULATIONS WAS TABLED IN PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT HAVE BEEN CALLED TO A SPECIAL SITTING OF THE HOUSE TOMORROW FOR THE TABLING OF THE CORRECT REGULATIONS. SO THE REGULATIONS BELOW WILL BE REPLACED WITH THE CORRECT COPY.

Gleaner article: MPs called back to Parliament after gov’t tables wrong SOE regulations

(The Gleaner article download posted on blog 25-11-22)

Update – added on November 25, 2022

I am adding a copy of the correct regulations for this State of Emergency, for completion of the record for this blog post. The State of Emergency was not extended beyond the initial 14 days. I have also posted here a link to the PBCJ recording of the sitting of the House of Representatives on June 23, 2022 at which the correct Regulations were tabled and an explanation of the error was given by the Minister of National Security, Horace Chang.

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The Emergency Powers (Parish of St Catherine) (No. 2) Regulations, 2022 were tabled in Parliament by Minister of National Security Horace Change this afternoon (June 21, 2022). These are the regulations now governing the State of Emergency declared last Friday, June 17, 2022.


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Constitutional Court Rules Parts of 2018 Emergency Powers Regulations Unconstitutional: Roshaine Clarke v A.G. Judgment

This morning (June 17, 2022), the Constitutional Court handed down its judgment in the matter of Roshaine Clarke v Attorney General of Jamaica, a matter dealing with the constitutionality of parts of the Emergency Powers Regulations, 2018, which governed the State of Public Emergency under which the Claimant had been detained.

Interestingly, hours before the Court handed down its judgment, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that a new State of Emergency (SOE) had been declared, for the parish of St Catherine.

A live audio feed from the court was provided.

This is part of a welcome development in which live feeds have been provided in a few cases of great public interest. It would be good for this to happen in many more instances.

A Press Summary was provided to highlight aspects of the case and ruling:

The written judgment was handed down.

Emergency Powers Regulations 2018

For ease of reference, I am providing a link to an earlier blog post with a copy of the Emergency Powers Regulations, 2018.