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Appeal against Bail Act ruling


Heather-Lynn Evanson

Appeal against Bail Act ruling

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Government has appealed a judge’s ruling that the two-year-old amendment to the Bail Act was unconstitutional.

Come next week, opposing parties will be back before the Court of Appeal to set a firm timetable for the matter.

It was in 2019 that Attorney General Dale Marshall piloted the amendment to the Bail Act which stipulated that a person charged with murder, treason or offences under the Firearms Act, shall not be granted bail until a period of 24 months had passed, unless the accused fell into certain exception categories.

Those exceptions were if a person was a lawman or anyone who committed an act while carrying out his official duties; was acting in self-defence, or if the strength of the evidence suggested the accused did not carry out the offence. (HLE)

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