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5th Session of the 8th Parliament

The Bail (Amendment)(No.2) Bill, 2007

An Act to amend the Bail Act, 1994

This Bill seeks to amend the Bail Act, 1994 (Act No. 18 of 1994) to make the offences of kidnapping for ransom or knowingly negotiating to obtain a ransom under the Kidnapping Act, 2003 (Act No. 21 of 2003) non-bailable offences for a period of sixty days, but thereafter bail may be granted at the discretion of the High Court. The Bill will also make certain violent offences (including possession of a firearm or ammunition without licence, certificate or permit under the Firearms Act, Chap. 16:01, or trafficking in a dangerous drug or being in possession of a dangerous drug for the purpose of trafficking under the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1991, [Act No. 38 of 1991], or kidnapping at common law or assault occasioning grievous bodily harm) non-bailable offences where a person has been convicted on two prior occasions for any of those offences or a combination of those offences arising from a single incident.

The Act would be inconsistent with sections 4 and 5 of the Constitution and is therefore required to be passed by a special majority of three-fifths of the members of each House.


Bill No.: House of Representatives Bill 13 of 2007
Introduced in: House of Representatives
Introduced by: Senator the Honourable John Jeremie [Attorney General]
Introduced on: 13-Jun-2007
Published in Gazette on:
Progress:
House of Representatives
13-Jun-2007 1st Reading PDF icon (41.5 kb) | Hansard PDF icon (321.6 kb)
15-Jun-2007 2nd Reading | Hansard PDF icon (467.2 kb)
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille East/Morvant] [Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry]
Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, MP [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition]
Mr. Winston Dookeran, MP [St. Augustine] [Opposition Member (COP)]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin East] [Minister of Works and Transport]
Mr. Kelvin Ramnath, MP [Couva South] [Opposition Member]
Ms. Gillian Lucky, MP [Pointe-a-Pierre] [Opposition Member (COP)]
Mr. Subhas Panday, MP [Princes Town] [Opposition Member]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille East/Morvant] [Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry]
15-Jun-2007 Committee Stage | Hansard PDF icon (467.2 kb)
15-Jun-2007 3rd Reading and Passage | Hansard PDF icon (467.2 kb)
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille East/Morvant] [Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry]
Senate
18-Jun-2007 1st Reading | Hansard PDF icon (442.8 kb)
Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
18-Jun-2007 2nd Reading | Hansard PDF icon (442.8 kb)
Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dana Seetahal, SC [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Rennie Dumas [Minister of Local Government]
Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Basharat Ali [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Danny Montano [Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development]
Sen. Anthony Sammy [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Brother Noble Khan [Independent Senator]
Sen. Ronald Phillip [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Glenn Ramadharsingh [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Jennifer Jones Kernahan [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
18-Jun-2007 Committee Stage | Hansard PDF icon (442.8 kb)
18-Jun-2007 3rd Reading and Passage | Hansard PDF icon (442.8 kb)
Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
President of the Republic
20-Jun-2007 Assent PDF icon (45.0 kb)
Act 15 of 2007.
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