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Plea Negotiations bill passed in the Senate

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

After extensive deliberations at the committee stage, members of the Upper House yesterday passed the Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, with 71 amendments.

The legislation provides for a system of negotiations and agreements for persons who commit crimes and offer to plead guilty in exchange for lighter sentences.

This far-reaching piece of statute is intended to help reduce the heavy backlog of cases before the courts.

The Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, will repeal the current Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreement) Act.

Following its passage in the Senate, the legislation will return to the House of Representatives for a final review before being sent to the governor general for his assent.