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Plea Bargaining Bill to be tabled by month end

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 3:04 PM
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the Plea Bargaining Bill will be tabled in the Lower House by the end of the month.

In his opening presentation before the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament, this morning, Chuck said the new statute would facilitate more guilty pleas in the courts and the reduction of cases in the courts.

Chuck also says the number of courtrooms at the Supreme Court will be doubled to try criminal cases.

Currently there are six courts trying criminal cases and it is expected to be increased to 12 in the 2017/2018 financial year.

The justice minister said a third court facility will be established at the building now housing the Accountant General's Department to help reduce the backlog of cases before the Court of Appeal which now stands about 400.

He says once the facility becomes available, the number of judges presiding at the Court of Appeal will be increased from six to 12.