“The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago has advised the Honourable Attorney General that it does not agree with, nor support the Bail (Amendment) bill 2015 which was yesterday tabled in Parliament,” a release signed by vice-president Gerry Brooks stated. President-elect Reginald Armour is still to be sworn in.
“This legislation purports to restrict the granting of bail to an accused person by not permitting that person’s access to a court of law to hear an application for bail for as long a period as 120 days from the reading of the charge,” the release stated.
The association cautioned the bill may facilitate keeping people in jail for much longer than the 120 days stipulated in the legislation.
“The present system is overburdened and it may take as many as three years for the prosecution to be ready to proceed with trial. The 120 days has no relation to the time it takes the State to get expert reports and be ready. In this regard, all that will be achieved is the pre-trial detention of civilians in violation of the presumption of innocence and the protective constitutional provisions,” the association warned. Read Complete Article
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