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Jamaica needs a bail bond system – Bar Association president

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 9:45 AM

President of the Jamaican Bar Association, Jacqueline Cummings, says it’s time for a bail bond system to be introduced in Jamaica.

Cummings argues that this will help to regulate current practices as well as make it easier for poor Jamaicans to stand surety.

Currently, many persons who do not own valuable assets or who lack money turn to individuals of means to stand surety for their relatives.

While not illegal, the practice is frowned upon by some in the administration of justice.

In an interview on Power 106, the bar association president contended that the justice system needs to be reformed so as to address the difficulties of posting bail.


Jacqueline Cummings, President of Jamaican Bar Association

The discussion about individuals standing surety for accused persons re-emerged last week after a man, who bailed one of three murder accused, was held by the police.

The man admitted that he did not know one of the accused.

He was held while attempting to post bail for another accused person using the same land title.

It was revealed that he used the title as surety on three occasions.