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Rodriguez Jean Pierre (Appellant) v The King (Respondent) (Bahamas)

Case ID: JCPC 2021/0105

Jurisdiction: Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Case summary

Issue

(1) What test should the court apply when considering an application to extend time to bring an appeal against a criminal conviction and sentence?
(2) Should the Court of Appeal have granted the appellant’s application for an extension of time for bringing his appeal?

Facts

The appellant was convicted of murder on 26 February 2013 and then sentenced to 36 years’ imprisonment on 3 May 2013. Around six years later, on 30 May 2019, the appellant filed an appeal against his conviction and sentence. He also made an application to extend the time limit for bringing the appeal, since section 17 of the Court of Appeal Act requires appeals to be filed within 21 days of the date of conviction. The Court of Appeal refused the appellant’s application for an extension of time to appeal his conviction. The appellant now appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Parties

Appellant(s)

Rodriguez Jean Pierre

Respondent(s)

The King

Appeal

Justices

Lord Lloyd–Jones, Lord Sales, Lord Hamblen, Lady Rose, Lord Richards

Hearing start date

14 February 2023

Hearing finish date

14 February 2023