Currently, our Office interfaces with many Departments/Agencies on a continuous basis seeking advice and guidance on legal and procedural issues, collaboration on various operational matters and support in relation to advocacy and court appearances, include (but are not limited to):
Please let it be noted that we provide similar services to the general public. Further, we are required to give various presentations, lectures as a public service to all these agencies, if so invited, when they hold seminars all over the island of Jamaica, and train personnel from various entities. In addition, our Senior Deputies and Deputies sit on various Committees.
The advice sought and received is termed a ruling when statements and other documentary evidentiary material for example, Ballistic Certificates, Post Mortem Examination, Forensic Certificates, have been received and comprises of the Crown Counsel coming to a legal written opinion by adopting the following format:
Consequently, when preparing a ruling, the Crown Counsel does this with the understanding that one must be able to examine the matter on hand impartially and objectively, with the foremost thought that as a prosecutor, one must ensure that the matter can be prosecuted firmly, fairly and effectively once the evidence supports a reasonable prospect of conviction and when it is in the public interest to do so.
When advising or ruling that a person is to be charged, for example, the Crown Counsel is guided by the following considerations, whether:-
The issue of credibility of a potential witness is for the Tribunal of Fact when the matter comes for trial.