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4th Session of the 12th Republican Parliament

The Bail (Amendment) Bill, 2024

An Act to amend the Bail Act, Chap. 4:60

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Bail Act, Chap. 4:60 (the Act) to make provision for the restriction of bail to persons charged with serious offences. The Bill seeks to give effect to the ruling of the Privy Council in the case of Akili Charles v State [2022] UKPC 31 by providing that a Judge or Master may grant bail to a person charged with the offence of murder. The Bill also seeks to impose conditions on the exercise of the Court’s discretion in granting bail to persons charged with the offence of murder, serious offences listed in Part II of the First Schedule and firearm related offences. Further, the Bill seeks to impose an enhanced reversal of burden on persons charged with the offence of murder and firearm related offences to require such persons to show exceptional circumstances to justify the granting of bail. The Bill also seeks to require a review of the Act to be conducted every five years after its commencement. Finally, the Bill seeks to provide that bail granted to an accused under section 5 of the Act will continue to apply after this Bill comes into operation.

The Bill as introduced requires a special majority in order to be passed.

Bill Essentials:
Bill No:
House of Representatives Bill 9 of 2024
Introduced On:
28-Jun-2024
Published In Gazette On
Status
Senate - 3rd Reading and Passage of the Bill

Progress

28 Jun 2024
House of Representatives
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
1 Jul 2024
2nd Reading of the Bill Hansard
4 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
2.Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition]
3.Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley, MP [Diego Martin West] [Prime Minister]
4.Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
1 Jul 2024
Committee Stage Hansard

Approved with amendments

1 Jul 2024
3rd Reading and Passage of the Bill Hansard

38 votes for, no votes against, no abstentions

1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
2 Jul 2024
Senate
1st Reading of the Bill
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
4 Jul 2024
2nd Reading of the Bill
12 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
2.Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
3.Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
4.Sen. the Hon. Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs]
5.Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
6.Sen. Anthony Vieira, SC [Independent Senator]
7.Sen Laurence Hislop [Government Senator]
8.Sen. Sunity Maharaj [Independent Senator]
9.Sen. Helon Francis [Independent Senator]
10.Sen. the Hon. Richie Sookhai [Minister in the Ministry of Works and Transport]
11.Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
12.Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
4 Jul 2024
Committee Stage

Approved without amendments

4 Jul 2024
Committee Stage

Approved without amendments

4 Jul 2024
3rd Reading and Passage of the Bill
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
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