Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi makes brief opening remarks while appearing before the Standing Finance Committee.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has announced that the Government intends to proclaim the abolition of Preliminary Inquiries on January 2, 2022.

Al-Rawi made the announcement as he addressed Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee on the Budget allocation of $419,192,100 to the Judiciary.

In his short address, he pointed to the technological changes within the Judiciary for which he commended Chief Justice Ivor Archie and the administrative staff of the Judiciary, before moving towards the decision of Preliminary inquiries. “There is before us the intended proclamation of the abolition of preliminary inquires earmarked for the second of January 2022,” he said.

He told the Committee that courts were being “aggressively outfitted” to meet the new development and added said he had asked that the allocation to the Judiciary be reevaluated at the Mid-Year Review “to consider matters including contract employment and other positions which we recognise at this point were not capable of being calculated in full form as yet.”