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Plan to slash remand time

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Plan to slash remand time

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CRIMINAL TRIALS IN BARBADOS are about to undergo a significant shift.

People charged with indictable crimes, especially murder, may soon spend less time on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison at Dodds, and their trials could also be completed in half the time of what now obtains.

Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock QC last week sent out guidance on trial committal proceedings to judicial officers, following up on the abolition of preliminary enquiries earlier this year, via proclamation of the Magistrates Court Act.

The guidelines will allow the judiciary to put the new system into action.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.