Bail Bill is now law

Con­fir­ma­tion from the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al that the pres­i­dent has pro­claimed the Bail bill in­to law.

At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi says Her Ex­cel­len­cy Paula-Mae Weekes signed off on the bill on Mon­day, Au­gust 5th.

Last Wednes­day the bill was passed in the Low­er House, which was the last par­lia­men­tary stage.

The bill re­ceived the unan­i­mous sup­port of both the Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion bench­es.

Once a bill has been passed by both hous­es, spe­cial as­sent copies are pre­pared for the sig­na­ture of the Pres­i­dent of the Re­pub­lic.

When the pres­i­dent signs, the bill be­comes an act. This gives the leg­is­la­tion the sta­tus of law.

The Bail bill seeks to de­ny bail for 120 days to a per­son charged with a list­ed of­fence, which is pun­ish­able for a term of im­pris­on­ment of ten years or more.

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