Bail Bill to go before Parliament

A Bill which outlines the standard practice and procedures for the granting of bail will have its second and third reading during the next sitting of Parliament.

Attorney and Legal advisor to the Antigua & Barbuda Transport Board, Hugh Marshall who was speaking during an interview on Observer Radio’s Voice of the People on Tuesday said the Bill ensures that bail is first offered to an individual within 24 hours of being in police custody with the exception of persons who commit offences such as murder.

Marshall said that the bill in it’s entirely seeks to improve the process by which bail is granted to ensure that it is offered at an early stage.

Antiguaborn attorney-at-law, Ralph Bowen also commented on the proposed bill. He said that is a major step for Antigua and Barbuda as it allows individuals who commit minor offences to be granted bail pending conviction.

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