Repairs to police station get priority

Police Station Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG – The first emergency repairs funded by the trust fund at the World Bank will begin in June, Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo announced during Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. There is a budget of $55 million for the first project – emergency repairs, disaster preparedness and utilities. Under this program fall More...

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Christophe Emmanuel 20170809 - HH
By The Publisher On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Emmanuel rages against justice system

PHILIPSBURG – MP Christophe Emmanuel already made a remark about it on Monday, but during the second day of the 2018 budget debate he went all out against the criminal justice system in St. Maarten because he More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Grapperhaus gets a different taste of St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG – Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) got a firsthand taste of the destruction Hurricane Irma inflicted on St. Maarten during his visit to the island that was preceded by stops in More...

life sentences in jail
By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Is automatic early release coming to an end?

By Hilbert Haar Imagine this: the court sentences a man for armed robbery  to a prison sentence of nine years. He spent already eight months in pretrial custody, so he has one hundred months to go before he  roams More...

Progress Committee in meeting with Formateur Theo Heyliger - 20180425 TR
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 26th, 2018


Progress Committee discussed risk for public safety with Theo Heyliger PHILIPSBURG – “If action is not taken soon, the prison situation can turn into a serious risk for the public safety.” Chairman of the More...

life sentences in jail
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Screaming tattoo artist guilty of looting and ill-treatment

PHILIPSBURG – The sentencing hearing of tattoo artist Rikinaldo Francisco Murray did not go according to plan on Wednesday afternoon because the 46-year old defendant lost it when he realized that he was also More...

Minister Cornelius de Weever - Photo by Roland Bryson
By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Pointe Blanche: renovation or a new prison?

PHILIPSBURG – The draft budget 2018 contains an intriguing statement about the Pointe Blanche prison in the sense that it speaks of the “renovation and expansion” of the facility, while the Council of Ministers More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Zero requests for asylum from Venezuelans

PHILIPSBURG – While the French side of the island already saw an influx of refugees from Venezuela back in 2016, Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever said on Wednesday that no requests for asylum had come More...

Vanity Plates Collage
By The Publisher On Monday, February 26th, 2018

Payment date for license plates and vehicle inspection to be extended to June 30

POND ISLAND – Due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the country is still in the recovery phase. Hundreds of vehicles suffered damage. The Government is well aware that many in the community More...

Courthouse Rooftop
By The Publisher On Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Extra judge for Sint Maarten due to workload after Irma

PHILIPSBURG/THE NETHERLANDS — Mrs. M.Th. Hoogland becomes a deputy member of the Common Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. She is being deployed for three More...