The Home Affairs Department received 81 responses to their consultation on the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2009.
A few provisions have been removed but the vast majority of the draft Bill (which contains 78 Clauses) is unchanged. Significantly - in over 30 cases - the Home Affairs Department is seeking 'by Order' to self-amend the legislation.
This gives them wide powers to create new offences as and when they please without parliamentary scrutiny. Given that the Isle of Man Constabulary has a presence in that Department there is concern that should the Bill become law, the Police will have an undue influence in the direct formation of this self-amending legislation. Thus the protection afforded the citizen by the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government is breached.