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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 [2015] UKPC 33

Related Member(s):
Julian B. Knowles QC
Related Practice Area(s):
Crime and Regulatory Law, Public and Private International Law
Court:

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.