Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Introduction

Paragraphs 1 thru 2 - Setting-up of the Commission of Enquiry and related matters

His Excellency Sir Leo Victor DeGale
Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished
Order of St. Michael and St. George, Commander
of the Order of the British Empire,
Governor-General of Grenada

INTRODUCTION

On the 6th day of December, 1973, Her Excellency Dame Hilda Bynoe, D.B.E. Governor of the Associated State of Grenada, acting in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet, issued to us, Sir Herbert Duffus Kt., Aubrey Fraser, Esq., and Archbishop Samuel Carter (hereinafter referred to as 'the Commissioners') a Commission under the provisions of the Commissions of Enquiry Ordinance, Cap. 64 of the Revised Laws of Grenada, directing us to make diligent inquiries into and report upon all facts relating to the matters set out thereunder, that is to say -

(1) All the circumstances leading up to the arrest and charging of six (6) persons on Sunday, 18th November, 1973;

(2) The alleged brutality by the police and the alleged denial of prompt medical and legal assistance to the arrested persons;

(3) The refusal by the Magistrate to grant bail;

(4) The Administration of Justice in the State; and

(5) To make specific recommendations upon:

(a) breaches of the Constitution as disclosed before the Commission, and

(b) any evidence of a general breakdown of law and order within the State.

2. The members of the Commission, all of whom are resident in Jamaica, proceeded to Grenada and on the 14th of December, 1973, took the oath of office before Her Excellency the Governor. On the 17th of December the Commissioners held their first sitting, publicly, at York House. Notices had been issued by the Secretary of the Commission requesting all persons who desired to appear before the Commission to so appear on the 17th of December and to submit memoranda of any evidence to be adduced. Many persons and several public bodies responded. Schedule A of the First Appendix [Not available for inclusion on this web site] to this report lists those persons and bodies together with the names of the legal representatives of those who had employed counsel.

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