Privy Council had no jurisdiction to commute a lawfully passed death sentence on the grounds that it would be constitutional to carry it out
Hunte & Anor v State of Trinidad and Tobago  UKPC 33
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- Related Practice Area(s):
- Crime and Regulatory Law, Public International Law
- Privy Council
When the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was hearing an appeal against a criminal conviction or sentence, it had no jurisdiction to commute a lawfully passed death sentence on the ground that it would be unconstitutional for the sentence to be carried out. The Privy Council’s only power to commute a death sentence for such reason was on appeal from a constitutional motion.
Julian Knowles QC was involved in this case.