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National Decree Marks A Pivotal Moment In St. Maarten.

Source: SMN-News 28 Dec 2023 11:30 AM

~Legislative Package co-signed.~

PHILIPSBURG:---  In a momentous event, guests aND online aUDiences gathered to witness the Minister of Justice co-sign the Justice legislative package. The official signing of the SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAtioSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAl Decrees was hosted at the Government Administration Building on Wednesday, December 27, 2023. The signing of the SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAtioSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAl Decree containing General Measures for the Legal Position of officers with police tasks aND the new police salary scales, along with the SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAtioSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAl Decree to eSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAct the legal position aND also eSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAct the approved Function Book.

The journey to this significant milestone began in September 2020, when the Minister embarked on the journey of completing the legislative package. Following the legal channels the Function Book was approved on December 21, 2021.

In December 2022, the Ministry submitted the package to His Excellency Governor Ajamu Baly who advised that to commit the country to a debt, he must know the entire debt calculation. As such, the Ministry had to uNDergo a meticulous task to identify the total debt figure inclUDing vacation allowances, overtime, aND debts owed to social premiums, APS, aND SZV. This total amounted to approximately SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAf 40 Million Guilders.

The calculations were completed in July 2023, with debt calculation projections up to December 31, 2023. The identification of the debt meant that the BUDget 2023 had to be ameNDed to inclUDe current aND multiannual aspects to ensure consistency with payments to Justice workers.

Simultaneously with the approval of the 2023 bUDget ameNDment by the Parliament of Sint Maarten, the Ministry of Justice resubmitted the package to His Excellency encompassing, the Function Book aND the eSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NActment Decree, the SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAtioSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAl Decree containing General Measures of the Legal Position of officers with Police tasks along with their new salary scales aND its eSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NActment decree.

On Friday, December 22, 2023, at 4:03 PM, the Minister of Justice persoSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAlly received the signed Justice Package from the Cabinet of His Excellency Governor Ajamu Baly.

On Wednesday, December 27th, 2023, the signing ceremony, graced by the presence of esteemed iNDividuals, radiated with pride as atteNDees celebrated the relentless efforts of the Ministry.

In a poigSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAnt address, Minister Richardson shared insights into the resilient approach that led to this victory, delivering fiery words of wisdom aND triumph.

This event would not have been possible without the unwavering sUPPort of St. Maarten's leadership, particularly the steadfast backing of the Justice Minister by the Honorable Prime Minister NDidate' href='/newspolitician/548/silveria-jacobs'>Silveria Jacobs aND the Minister of FiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAnce aND their respective Cabinets. Their collaborative efforts have played a pivotal role in shaping the transformative changes reflected in the SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAtioSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAl Decree.

The media, recognizing the historical significance of the occasion, joined in to be a part of history as the Honorable Justice Minister co-signed the legislative package. The public was updated regularly by the Minister who ensured step-by-step updates were dissemiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAted to the staff aND the general public throughout the years. The SPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAtioSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAl Decree marks a turning point in St. Maarten's legal laNDscape, symbolizing a commitment to progress, justice, aND the well-being of those tasked with upholding the law.

According to the Justice Minister, the collective efforts of the journey would not have been completed without the assistance from His Excellency Governor Ajamu Baly, the Council of Ministers of St. Maarten, Former Governor Eugene Holiday, Ministry of FiSPArty/23/national-alliance'>NAnce, Ministry of General Affairs, Council of Advice, Committee of Civil Servants Union (CCSU), ANTEK, SOAB, Peggy-Ann BraNDon, Alvin Daal, Tiffany Glascow, Saskia Thomas-Salomon, Secretariat of the Council of Ministers aND all Department heads of the Ministry of Justice.

Special recognition was also given to the Members of Parliament for their role played in the way forward, which inclUDes MP NDidate' href='/newspolitician/578/william-marlin'>William Marlin, MP Angelique Romou, MP NDidate' href='/newspolitician/404/george-pantophlet'>George Pantophlet, MP NDidate' href='/newspolitician/432/hyacinth-richardson'>Hyacinth Richardson, MP NDidate' href='/newspolitician/547/sidharth-bijlani'>Sidharth Bijlani, MP NDidate' href='/newspolitician/712/rolaNDo-brison'>RolaNDo Brison, MP NDidate' href='/newspolitician/755/melissa-gumbs'>Melissa Gumbs, aND MP LUDmilla De Weever.

George Pantophlet mentioned 1 time
Hyacinth Richardson mentioned 1 time
Sidharth Bijlani mentioned 1 time
Silveria Jacobs mentioned 1 time
William Marlin mentioned 1 time
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