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5th Session of the 8th Republican Parliament

The Bail (Amendment)(No.3) Bill, 2007

An Act to amend the Bail Act, 1994

This Bill seeks to amend the Bail Act, 1994 (Act No. 18 of 1994) (“the Act”) 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.

Introduced By:
Martin Joseph
Bill No:
House of Representatives Bill 19 of 2007
Introduced On:
29-Aug-2007
Published In Gazette On
29-Aug-2007, Vol.46 No.157
Status
President of the Republic - Assent

Progress

29 Aug 2007
House of Representatives
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
10 Sep 2007
2nd Reading of the Bill Hansard
11 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille East/Morvant] [Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry]
2.Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition]
3.Ms. Gillian Lucky, MP [Pointe-a-Pierre] [Opposition Member (COP)]
4. Dr. Adesh Nanan, MP [Tabaquite] [Opposition Member]
5.Mr. Gerald Yetming, MP [St. Joseph] [Opposition Member (COP)]
6. Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche] [Opposition Member]
7.Mr. Harry Partap, MP [Nariva] [Opposition Member]
8.Mr. Manohar Ramsaran, MP [Chaguanas] [Opposition Member (COP)]
9.Mr. Subhas Panday, MP [Princes Town] [Opposition Member]
10.Mr. Chandresh Sharma, MP [Fyzabad] [Opposition Member]
11.Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille East/Morvant] [Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry]
12 Sep 2007
2nd Reading of the Bill Hansard
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille East/Morvant] [Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry]
12 Sep 2007
Committee Stage Hansard
12 Sep 2007
3rd Reading and Passage of the Bill Hansard
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille East/Morvant] [Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and in the Ministry of Trade and Industry]
13 Sep 2007
Senate
1st Reading of the Bill Hansard
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
13 Sep 2007
2nd Reading of the Bill Hansard
10 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
2.Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
3.Sen. Dr. Ramesh Deosaran [Independent Senator]
4.Sen. the Hon. John Jeremie, SC [Attorney General]
5.Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator]
6.Sen. Ronald Phillip [Opposition Senator]
7.Sen. Dana Seetahal, SC [Independent Senator]
8.Sen. Dr. Glenn Ramadharsingh [Opposition Senator]
9.Sen. Dr. Jennifer Kernahan [Opposition Senator]
10.Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
13 Sep 2007
Committee Stage Hansard
13 Sep 2007
3rd Reading and Passage of the Bill Hansard
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. the Hon. Martin Joseph [Minister of National Security]
20 Sep 2007
President of the Republic
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