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In this edition we bring you the Monday news including part 4 of our 7-parts series from our special report on the workings of the Public Prosecutor's Office in regards to the lead times of criminal investigations and the statutes of limitations, if any, when it comes to the length of these investigations.

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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 4 - The length of investigations carried out by the Public Prosecutor's Office. How long does this actually take?

In part 3 we discussed that the Public Prosecutor's Office does not work alone when it comes to investigating and bringing criminal cases to trial. It is a part of the criminal justice chain system and each link depends on the other to execute its work properly. So delays on the front-end can have a domino effect on the lead time of a criminal case before judgement is finally executed.

However, the Public Prosecutor's Office has the so-called prosecution monopoly. This means that only the Public Prosecutor can prosecute criminal cases and bring them to court. Individual citizens can not do this. They can file a complaint with the police. Based on an investigation, the OM then decides on prosecution. If the complainant or interested party disagrees with the OM's decision not to prosecute, the interested party concerned can complain to the court. The latter is not very common.

In this part we will discuss the length of investigations carried out by the Public Prosecutor's Office and make another revelation.

Unfortunately, there are currently no reliable figures available at the Public Prosecutor's Office to provide insight into the lead times of the criminal justice chain on St. Maarten. Unlike in the Netherlands, no research has yet been done on this.

However, in 2019 the Council for Law Enforcement intends to start an investigation into the lead times of criminal investigations and into bottlenecks within the criminal investigation chain. The aim is to gain insight into the lead times for the entire criminal justice chain as well as the lead times per chain partner.

The Public Prosecutor's Office has stated it will fully cooperate with this investigation and looks forward to the results with interest.

In part 5 we will discuss whether it is allowed for investigations to last so long and who checks and oversees this. Top Stories
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