‘Give magistrates more power to deal with murder cases’

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley is recommending increased powers for magistrates and the appointment of special prosecutors as a means of speeding up murder trials.

Addressing the launch Wednesday morning of the Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy at Bushy Park racing circuit in St Philip, Lashley, who on occasion acts as attorney general, seemed concerned about the number of people facing murder charges who are out on bail.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite expressed similar concerns yesterday during his contribution to the debate on the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

Today, Lashley stressed that in addition to giving the magistrates increased sentencing powers and powers to hear these matters, “we can also contract a private practitioner who is experienced in criminal law to then deal with these cases.

“Give the police time, say about two months to get all of these files together,” he said.

2 Responses to ‘Give magistrates more power to deal with murder cases’

  1. John Everatt December 8, 2017 at 12:17 am

    At the outset these seem like reasonable suggestions. But legislation of that type will likely take years. The low hanging fruit would be fixed fines for driving offenses that can be paid by post or at a local police station. This would save enormous amounts of court time plus not require the offender to go down to the court and spend all day waiting to process a traffic ticket while taking time off work to do this thus increasing productivity on the island.

  2. milli watt December 8, 2017 at 7:23 am

    stupse ………….10 years and you turn up with this. you lot are an absolute waste. This going change when one a you lot loose somebody close in the same way and you are subjected to the taunts as a family member.


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