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Trinidad & Tobago: Lutchmedial: TT needs specialised courts for sexual offence matters

OPPOSITION senator Jayanti Lutchmedial says the creation of specialised courts to treat matters of sexual offences and crimes and/or gender-based violence would be a plus for this country. She said while legislation is good, it “can only go so far,” and victims need a court environment in which they feel comfortable.

She was speaking at the senate on Tuesday afternoon following independent senator Paul Richard’s private members’ motion calling on the government to assess the deficiencies in the system regarding violence against women and girls.

She said throughout her career in the criminal justice system, she has witnessed her fair share of such matters.

She said it begins with the culture of how children are raised and taught to view and treat women.

She discussed crime prevention, detection and prosecution and conviction, which she listed as the main points of her contribution.

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