Authorities Database

Hinds v The Queen

Type: CaseAuthority

Citation: [1977] AC 195, PC

Summary: Statute establishing courts to try firearms offences — Mandatory sentence determinable by executive — Principle of separation of powers implicit in Jamaican Constitution and Parliament no power to transfer from judiciary to Review Board discretion to determine severity of punishment to be inflicted on individual members of class of offenders — Those statutory provisions unconstitutional and void and so sentences passed on defendants unlawful


Court: PC

Jurisdiction: Jamaica

Date: 1977

File location: D2/U5

Start date: 1 January 1977

End date: 31 December 1977

Tags: Executive, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Savings Clause, Separation of Powers,