House debates plea bargain Bills this afternoon

News post September 16, 2015

Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two Bills, offering plea bargaining to accuse persons willing to admit guilt and avoid lengthy trials, are to be debated in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

The Bills short titled “The Criminal Justice (Administration) (Amendment) Act, 2015” and “The Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Act, 2015” are aimed at reducing the overwhelming backlog of cases affecting the court system.

Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, who had piloted the Bills through the Senate earlier this year, says that they are among a number of initiatives being introduced to increase the rate of completion of criminal cases, including Gun Court matters.

According to him, the leadership of the security forces has consistently indicated a need to put a working plea bargaining system in place, to tackle Jamaica’s problem of organised crime. He explained that the existing plea bargaining legislation is considered to be unwieldy, and has failed to have an impact.

“The Criminal Justice Administration (Amendment) Bill and the Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill are companion pieces of legislation that will empower judges to impose sentencing discounts for guilty pleas, including where the law imposes a mandatory minimum sentence (as in the case of most firearm offences, non-capital murder, rape and various other sexual offences),” he said.

A working group was appointed in 2013 to study and come up with practical proposals that will allow the effective functioning of a plea bargaining system in the Jamaican context.

Balford Henry

 

Published By: The Observer

No Tags

154 total views, 1 today

  

Leave a Reply

  • Penalise politicians who provide service on a partisan basis ­ — Meadows

    by on January 26, 2016 - 0 Comments

    JLP caretaker calls for action as Trelawny residents take to the street Placard-bearing residents gather at a section of the Salt Marsh to Goodwill main road yesterday to protest against the poor road conditions in the area.  SALT MARSH, Trelawny — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Trelawny Northern Dennis Meadows yesterday called for laws […]

  • Will Cameron Speak On Reparation?

    by on September 29, 2015 - 0 Comments

    In pic: Prime Minister David Cameron. Olivia Grange said she believes Cameron would consider it unusual to be visiting Jamaica at this time in history and have extensive discussions with top government officials and not have the subject of reparation raised at some point. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is questioning whether the Government will […]

  • Constable Crystal Thomas

    by on July 16, 2015 - 0 Comments

    She fought to the end | Lead Stories | Jamaica Gleaner Woman Constable Crystal Thomas Norman Grindley Senior Superintendent of Police Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford (right) escorts National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who visited the Denham Town Police Station in west Kingston, to get an update after the murder of woman Constable Crystal Thomas, who was […]

  • http://www.insightjamaica.com/

    by on July 4, 2015 - 0 Comments

    You can post your add here for free.

  • Singjay J Capri dies

    by on December 4, 2015 - 1 Comments

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sources have confirmed that singjay J Capri, who was hospitalised for more than a week following a motor vehicle crash, has died. The entertainer reportedly succumbed to her injuries this morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. Read: J Capri hospitalised after car crash Social media users on […]

Follow Us on Facebook