The third edition of the Mauritius Criminal Law Review was launched yesterday by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution at Rajsoomer Lallah Lecture Theatre in Port-Louis, in presence of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr. Satyajit Boolell, and other eminent personalities from the judiciary and legal profession.
In his address, the DPP pointed out that the book is being launched at the most opportune time when Mauritius is celebrating its 50 years as an independent country. Over the years, Mauritius has witnessed an evolutionary journey as regards its Constitution and judicial system, he said.
He shed light on the constitutional journey of Mauritius and recalled that it is time to take stock and evaluate all that has been achieved so far. We have come a long way in consolidating democracy in the Mauritian society but we should review the system from time to time, he added.
The DPP also underpinned that despite the high rate of unemployment and dire socio-political upheavals prevailing at the time of Independence, Mauritius has managed to emerge as a democratic country upholding the rule of law, safeguarding the rights and freedom of the individual and commanding domestic and international confidence.
Referring to the book, Mr. Boolell pointed out that it encompasses the latest developments in criminal matters, commentaries on cases as well as observations on judgments that have had significant impact on criminal law. The book also discusses themes such as the right to privacy, freedom of expression, juvenile justice and children's rights, modern maritime piracy prosecutions and the common law in Mauritius.
On the same occasion, the Office of the DPP paid tribute to two highly regarded and experienced figures of the legal profession, namely Sir Hamid Moollan and Raymond d'Unienville for their valuable contributions to the legal field.
Source: Government of Mauritius