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Magistrate’s Court Considers Fixed Penalty Sentencing

The Turks and Caicos Islands Magistrate’s Court is working on applying fixed sentences to those who break the law.

At the National Security Council Meeting held on August 2, Chief Magistrate’s Jolyon Hatmin briefed the body on the merit of enforcement of fixed penalty in the lower court.

In the United Kingdom, a fixed penalty notice or FPN is a notification of what is usually a minor fine for an alleged criminal offence, that unless settled will result in prosecution

According to a news release from the Governor’s Office, the fixed penalty recommendations will be presented at the next NSC meeting. The date for that meeting was not readily available.

The meeting was also used to updated on the informal settlements’ intervention initiative in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The initiative will now focus on community engagement to collect demographic data.

Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting briefed the NSC on crime figures and intelligence assessment. The NSC discussed potential practical solutions and committed to further inter-agency cooperation to help reduce crime.

Other initiatives include offering a cash reward for information, revising public communications on crime, lawful interception legislation, improving CCTV as well as exploring amendments to the Liquor Licensing Ordinance to include provisions to enhance public safety.

The NSS was also updated on the ‘whole of government – safer and sustainable communities’ research project which will understand root causes of crime, and development of a voluntary code of conduct for private security firms.

An update was also given on potential appointments to the nascent National Security Advisory Group. The NSS will report to the NSC on a revised membership list.


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