AG suggests that recent ruling on NIDs bill, be reviewed by a higher court

by June 25th, 2019

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte has suggested that the recent ruling on the controversial NIDs bill should be reviewed by a higher court.

In April, the Supreme Court ruled against the legislation that would have established the National Identification System, rendering it null and void.

The bill had been challenged by the opposition PNP, citing constitutional concerns.

In making her contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament today (June 25) Malahoo Forte noted that the Supreme Court does not have the final say, on what a law is.

Her comments follow a declaration earlier this month, by Parliamentary Secretary, Senator Robert Morgan, that government will continue consultations and education about the benefits of the National Identification System.

Mr. Morgan said that NIDs is designed to provide Jamaica with a secure, reliable and accountable identification solution.

He said that NIDs will also identify people in the society with particular needs, prevent identity theft, provide authentic identity, ensure a unified system across government and improve ease of doing business.