Plasterk meets with justice ministry next week

POSTED: 07/4/13 2:55 PM

St. Maarten – A consultation between the Minister for Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson is scheduled to be held next week Thursday.

“This is the consultation that takes place on the progress report for those areas that fall under the plans of approach. Every quarter the report is made by the commission; thereafter the ministers will meet and discuss these reports,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams explained.

It will be the first ministerial consultation within which the new Justice Minister Dennis Richardson will be participating in.

Next week’s talks follow a decision in principle by the Kingdom Council of Ministers to formulate a decree on the continuation of the plans of approach. Each plan covers a two year period and the decree for them to be continued for, at the maximum, another two years must be published two months before the continuation begins.

It is up to the responsible ministers – General Affairs, Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi) and Justice – to indicate whether they believe that the plan can be ended or if they will need to spread the implementation over a longer period.

Many of the plans of approach relate to the justice system on St. Maarten. The three ministers will look at the progress that has been made over the quarter and things that still need to be completed.

The prime minister also commented that matters such as the establishment of a youth detention center on the island will have to be completed by Minister Richardson who has taken over from former minister Roland Duncan.

She also clarified a reference that had been made in a press release issued by her cabinet regarding the restructuring of the Justice Ministry.

“Actually it had to do with my reference to agreement that had been signed between the Members of Parliament supporting this government.  The reference in that agreement is to complete the reorganization of the Justice Ministry. Many things have been happening in all of the areas of the Justice Ministry. It is something that we expect our new minister of justice to complete and look such as the matter of youth detention and having a youth facility,” the prime minister concluded.

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