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Terrelonge opposes judge-alone trial in non-capital murder cases

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2016 | 7:04 PM
Government MP and attorney-at-law, Alando Terrelonge said he believes efforts should be made to find better ways to strengthen trial by jury without further reducing the right of an accused to a trial by his peers.

Government MP and attorney-at-law Alando Terrelonge has expressed opposition to a plan by the Andrew Holness administration to consider having a judge alone try non-capital murder cases.

Speaking through his official Twitter account, Terrelonge said he believes efforts should be made to find better ways to strengthen trial by jury without further reducing the right of an accused to a trial by his peers.

He further argued that the functions of the judiciary should not be superceded by the legislature, stressing that judicial discretion ought to be preserved.

The MP said he believes in the fundamental principle of innocent until proven guilty emphasising that care must be taken not erode this principle.

In her presentation in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament yesterday, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte said the government would be eliminating trial by jury in non-capital murder cases.

She also said the government would seek to make amendments to various legislation in an attempt to tackle crime.