19th Apr 2021
Peter Knox QC Instructed by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP for the respondant.
Summary of the legal issues
This appeal arises from procedure in Jamaica consequent upon a request by the Kingdom of the Netherlands for mutual legal assistance under the Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters) Act 1995 (“MACMA”), asking for evidence to be taken from the appellants on oath, and by a judge in court. The taking of such evidence was authorised under section 20 of MACMA. Section 16(3) of the Constitution of Jamaica provides that “All proceedings of every court” shall be held in public. In an agreed statement of facts and issues, the parties stated that determination of the issues arising in the case required the Board to address the following questions: