Privy Council holds Presidential commutation can remedy breach of Constitutional rights, but process must be fair

Today, the Privy Council delivered judgment in a major test case from Trinidad and Tobago brought by the Death Penalty Project (DPP). The eleven appellants originally were sentenced to death, as the mandatory punishment for murder in Trinidad and Tobago. Their sentences were later commuted by the President and replaced by new terms of either life imprisonment or imprisonment for 75 years. The challenge focused on whether the appellants should have had their sentences individually determined by a court, and whether the substituted terms offered any prospect of release.

For further information on this case, please visit the DPP’s website

SM&B is the founder and long term supporter of The Death Penalty Project (DPP), an independent charity which is housed in the offices of the firm.