The post of Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has been filled, after a four-year period of vacancy.
In fact, two such post were filled when Karim Nelson and Tameka DaSilva-McKenzie were elevated from the post of Crown Counsel 2. Their appointments took retroactive effect from May 1, 2020.
DPP Sejilla McDowall updated the Court on a number of recent elevations at the DPP’s Office, as she delivered remarks at the closing ceremony of the High Court Criminal Assizes.
Among them being Rene Simmonds, who has been elevated from Crown Counsel 1 to Crown Counsel 2, and Maria Jackson-Richards, recently admitted to the local Bar, who has been appointed Crown Counsel.
The post of Assistant DPP had become vacant from August 2016 when then Assistant DPP Colin John gave up that position and returned to the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) to take up the position of Deputy Commissioner of Police from which he has since been elevated to Commissioner of Police, a position he currently occupies.
The post of Assistant DPP remained vacant when Sejilla McDowall was appointed DPP earlier this year, making her the first female to occupy that position.
The post of DPP became vacant following the departure of then DPP Colin Williams about two years ago, to take up duties as High Court Judge in Belize.
McDowall had acted in that capacity prior to being appointed DPP.