The Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Wednesday and Thursday held public outreaches at Mabaruma and Port Kaituma in Region One, North West District.
A release yesterday from the DPP’s Chambers said that the objective of the two-day event was to sensitise residents of both communities about the functions of the DPP’s Office in the judicial system and what assistance can be given to those who seek redress on criminal matters.
The release said that on Wednesday several residents of Mabaruma went to the regional office’s boardroom where they filed complaints about legal matters that are pending in the Courts or have been dismissed to their dissatisfaction and to follow-up on reports made to the police.
On Thursday, the release said that residents came out in their numbers at the Port Kaituma Community Centre to meet with the DPP’s Representatives. Again, the residents lodged complaints and registered their concerns about legal matters and reports made to the police.
During the two-day activity, the release said that a legal representative addressed the gatherings on the functions and role played by the DPP’s Office in the legal system. Of great interest to the residents was the Sexual Offences Act and they grilled the representative on the law that governs this Act. Residents took the opportunity to voice their concerns about a number of issues and the high level of sexual offences that occur within the sub-districts.
The release said that the DPP’s Representatives also paid a visit to the North West Secondary School and addressed students on the laws of Guyana and in particular in relation to sexual offences.
Outreaches have been held in Regions 2,3,6,9 and 10. The next outreach is planned for Wednesday 23rd May in Mahdia, Region 8 at the Regional Office Boardroom.