Modernization of Haiti Penal Code to be approved

The Haitian government formed the Presidential Commission for the Reform of Justice for the task of updating Haiti's penal code that has now been in existence 180 years. The Commission is composed of Me Jean Joseph Exume, who is president, and colleagues Me Jean Vandal, and Me Sybille Theard Mevs.


Although the Commission worked jointly on bringing the Code current, Me Exume did special work independently, using a technical committee to make some major changes by incorporating the latest penal laws into the reworked Code.

At the National Palace on 3/13/2015 Me Exume turned over the revised Code to President Martelly. On this momentous occasion Prime Minister Evans Paul; Minister Pierre Richard Casmir of Justice and Public Security; President Me Jules Cantave of the Superior Council of the Judiciary; Parliament members; and members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and civil institutions were present.

Martelly emphasized the considerable impact the revised Code would have social and political institutions of the commonwealth. He added the updated version of the Code would be officially sanctioned by Parliament when it resumes meeting next year.

Martelly said, "Leaders have a duty to be attentive . . . to . . . social and temporal evolutions . . . to adapt constantly to . . . rules and standards" He added the revised Code will need the support of infrastructural changes, or else the sustainability of the republic will be threatened.

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