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Court missing $1.148.160 US Dollars from 3rd parties account

PHILIPSBURG - The Joint Court of Justice branch in Philipsburg is missing $1.148.160 US Dollars from its third parties bank account. Court documents in the appeal case of the dismissed court manager Maritsa James-Christina reveal that over a...

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Dear Reader

We would like to know from our legal minds if the maximum number of times per month locals are allowed to visit casinos are anchored in the law and if yes, what is the maximum legal amount of visits allowed for local St. Maarteners to visit a casino on a monthly basis.

In this edition of our StMaartenNews newsletter we conclude our 7-parts series outlining the views of the Public Prosecutor's Office on the statutes of limitations pertaining to the length of criminal investigations, in particular those of politicians, other public figures and prominent citizens on St. Maarten.

We will be publishing a comprehensive report on this topic next week using this series as the basis for this article.

In the meantime, do enjoy reading today's edition.

Happy readings!


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Acknowledging and preventing gambling addiction

It is a public secret that the former court manager was a regular visitor of the casinos on St. Maarten. Her dismissal appeal case revealed that under her management of the court's third party bank account, where monies confiscated from criminals ...

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"Economic Recovery Process Too Slow"

SHTA thanks the Netherlands for the generous support, primarily provided through the Trust Fund set up with the World Bank but also the funds spent on early help and recovery projects as well as the liquidity support provided to our Government. Without these efforts, St. Maarten would today be much worse off than it is at this moment.

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) while not actually containing any form of planning does provide an overview of the total damage, losses and needs arising from the hurricane Irma disaster. SHTA commends our Government and civil servants for staying the course when prioritizing projects on which to spend the financial support funds provided through the World Bank. The training and education program executed by the St. Maarten Training Foundation is a good example of what can be achieved through understanding and cooperation.

Unfortunately, over the years, the relationship of trust between the Government (representatives) of the Netherlands and the Government (representatives) of St. Maarten deteriorated to such a low level that the successful and (relatively) efficient execution of similar efforts after the hurricanes Luis (1995) and Lenny (1999) could not be repeated.

Instead, the Netherlands opted for interposing the World Bank for the disbursements and accountability of the available funds. While SHTA acknowledges the efforts and hard work provided by the people of the World Bank, the civil servants from both St. Maarten and the Netherlands, as well as other Government officials, it cannot be denied that the direly necessary projects are bogged down in procedures and red tape.

SHTA would like to echo the original request made by the Governor to the Formateur of our current Government Coalition, specially ensuring that among the many projects emphasis be given to the recovery of the tourism sector. So far, actions of the World Bank and the Economic Recovery Plan do not show this emphasis.

Today, more than 13 months after the storm, not 1 cent has been spent on real economic recovery in the form of support for the business sector recovery. From information received during several meetings and discussions with World Bank representatives it appears that developing the required regulatory infrastructure and going through the process will take at least until May – June 2019. This means that the business recovery funding will most likely not be provided to businesses effected by Irma who by that time have been (forced to decide to) closed indefinitely but to new businesses starting up.

Even though it would, in SHTA’s view, still be economic recovery it is no longer business recovery in a literal sense. Even though it is unclear to SHTA whether such recovery is even allowed under the Trust Terms agreed upon between the Netherlands, St. Maarten and the World Bank, the business owners that were forced to close will call it “covering the well after the calf has drowned”. Special Report
7-parts series about the Public Prosecutor's Office views on the lead times of investigations
This is a special report brought to you by outlining the views of the Public Prosecutor's Office on the statutes of limitations pertaining to the length of investigations, in particular those of politicians, other public figures and prominent citizens on St. Maarten.

The introduction to this special report can be read online via the following article:

Part 7 - Are the rules as they pertain to investigations and the length thereof on St. Maarten different from those in the Netherlands?

In part 6 we discussed the question whether prosecutor-led investigations can't be dealt with faster. The Prosecutor's Office indicated that it always strives to expedite investigations, but that the speed was partly dependent on the capacity of the police force, which is heavily understaffed. The explanation concluded that they are working on an improved registration process to gain insight into the turnaround times. The starting point is modernizing the working methods, modernizing the laws and implementing the use of various instruments to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

In this final part we will discuss the question whether the situation surrounding investigations and the length thereof in St. Maarten is the same as in The Netherlands.

One of our subscribers and avid readers emailed us the following:

"I have been reading your piece on the Justice system and how it works. Nice but there is more I would like to know. Is the time that it takes to process a case longer than in the Netherlands? Are we being treated different than cases in the Netherlands? That is what needs to be explained."

This is basically the fundamental question that got this whole series started in the first place.

To avoid any misunderstandings, here is literally what the Public Prosecutor's Office had to say in Dutch as was dictated by the Chief Prosecutor via the Spokesperson:

"Ook in Nederland zijn de doorlooptijden van de strafrechtsketen continue onderwerp van gesprek op zowel politiek niveau als bij de ketenpartners zelf. In 2012 heeft het Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC) een onderzoek gedaan naar de doorlooptijden waarbij een onderscheid wordt gemaakt tussen standaardzaken en complexe zaken. Met name in complexe zaken valt op hoe de doorlooptijden kunnen oplopen. Er zijn in Nederland verschillende projecten ingezet om de doorlooptijden te verminderen. In het Caribisch gebied wordt getracht om deze projecten te adopteren en te implementeren."

Basically, what is being said is that "Also in the Netherlands, the lead times of the criminal justice chain are a continuous topic of discussion at both the political level as at the level of the justice chain partners themselves. In 2012, the Scientific Research and Documentation Center (WODC) carried out a study into the lead times in which a distinction is made between standard cases and complex cases. Particularly in complex cases, it is striking how the lead times can increase. Various projects have been implemented in the Netherlands to reduce turnaround times. In the Caribbean, efforts are being made to adopt and implement these projects."

In principle, the Public Prosecutor's Office is stating for the record that in terms of execution and the lengths of investigations there is no difference between the situation in the Netherlands and St. Maarten, even the debates are the same. Top Stories
Court office manager loses case against her dismissal

PHILIPSBURG--Former office manager at the Court of First Instance in St. Maarten M.J.C. has lost the civil procedure filed with the Arbitration Court for Civil Servants against the decisions made by the Board of Director of the Joint Court of Justice

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Two suspects arrested for fighting in public

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Successful exercise in Disaster Management

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Department of Statistics: Real growth down by 8.4% in...

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Library Board states position on hurricane-ravaged PJL

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Last letter from Luang Prabang

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The Great (Train) Journey - part 7

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Minister Smith Welcomes Baseball Champs Home

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Three fighters from St. Maarten were victorious in Curacao

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St. Maarten football team participated in the CONCACAF Games

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Undercover police officer helped bust suspected terror gang

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KPCN Chief Irked About Anonymous Accusations

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Health, Emil Lee was invited as a keynote speaker to the 12th Annual Caribbean Conference on National Healthcare financing initiatives hosted in Suriname. The conference took place on October 8-10...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Representatives of the Sint Maarten Tripartite Committee (TPC) delegation recently attended the 19 th American Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Panama City. The meetings took place...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Health, Emil Lee reminds the community to take note of ongoing free breast screening opportunities during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ministry of VSA, department of CPS, is active with...

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Several departments from Ministry VSA Closes at Noon Friday

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MPC High School Students learn about Impacts of Littering

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Ramesh Manek End Polio Now Walk-a-thon set for Saturday

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Holland America Line sponsors maritime training for youth

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Minister Johnson commends HAL for supporting local youth

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Minister Johnson endorses Nature Foundation call to use...

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Minister Johnson encourages business community to SMILE

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Cft: About time Curaçao addresses sustainable public finance

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No buyer after first auction Howard Johnson Hotel

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UTS to pay out NAf. 42 million

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A quarter of the residents were not born in Curaçao

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Members of Parliament debate on Caribbean guilder

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'Antillean guilder easy to forge'

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Cft: "Instruction Looms for Bonaire"

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Senators annoyed by undetermined social minimum BES islands

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

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SMILE Program Details Announced: November 2-3

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NAGICO Dubs Oct. as Customer & Community Appreciation Month

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV will launch its AOV Pension Status Survey on Monday October 15 th. Residents of Dutch Sint Maarten who are currently receiving AOV pension payments from SZV have an obligation to...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

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Soup Kitchen Open on Saturday

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Countdown to October 30 Career & Study Fair 2018

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

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50 Additional Ladies Get a chance to PAINT PINK

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New public opinion survey in St Kitts-Nevis indicates...

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Jamaica to sign new air-service agreements

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Senior IMF Economist on Barbados' Economic Recovery Plan

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