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Bar Association warns police over proposed changes to Bail Act

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican Bar Association says the Jamaica Constabulary Force, needs to be careful that changes being pushed for the Bail Act will not be in breach of the constitutional rights of Jamaicans.

On Monday, Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, said the police are pushing to have the law changed to give the police the power to arrest and bail persons before formal charges are brought against those persons.

The police commissioner said some defence lawyers have supported the proposal.

However, president of the Bar Association, Donovan Walker, says the police must be careful those changes do not infringe on the freedoms of Jamaicans.


President of the Jamaican Bar Association, Donovan Walker

Meanwhile, the Bar Association president says more information is required from the police on why the police want to have such powers.

The Police Commissioner did not go into specifics in his announcement on Monday.

Contacted this morning, he told the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that he could not accommodate our queries at the time.