Scatliffe-Esprit said in a media release that only the Director of Public Prosecutions can discontinue criminal proceedings.
“Even if a victim no longer wishes to proceed with a matter, it does not mean that the matter will be automatically discontinued,” she stated.
The DPP explained that victims of crime who intend to discontinue their matter are required to issue a statement to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.
That statement, according to the DPP, should explain why the victim no longer wishes to continue with the criminal proceedings and must also declare that the decision was one made entirely by themself.
Once the statement is completed, Scatliffe-Esprit said it would then be submitted for consideration and depending on the nature of the case, the victim may have to appear in court to issue a sworn statement under oath regarding their wish to discontinue.
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