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(March 14, 2010) Among the causal factors of this situation that is pointed out is the country’s problem with its bail system. Many law enforcers and prosecutors have admitted that unless rules in bail are amended, even the suspects of heinous crimes can easily avoid being jailed or even prosecution. Attorney General John Delaney had “acknowledged that a growing number of people on bail are allegedly committing other crimes.” (Rolle) He said this while he was batting for the amendment of the Bail Act. Among the proposed amendments are the restrictions of the right to bail of those suspects of heinous crimes as well as those that have been repeat offenders.
Certain sectors in Bahamian society and some lawmakers, however, have expressed opposition to the move to amend the Bail Act in favor of more restrictive options. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, for his part, believed that the proposed amendment is valid and urgent. In an article in the Bahamas Post, he said that some believe “that bail is a right and that there is nothing we can do to prevent persons from being placed on bail.” (May 26, 2010) The Prime Minister, however, vehemently considers this idea as very wrong. Nevertheless, the motion for amending the Bail Act has ignited a new debate within Bahamian society. This author, however, believes that the Bail Act must indeed be adapted to the current situation. In particular, its provisions on repeat offenders should be changed in order to ensure that they will no longer be able to easily apply for bail.
One of the three main points related to this argument is that the soft nature of the Bail Act is no longer suitable to the worsening crime situation in the country. The Bail Act’s leniency was appropriate only during that time when Bahamian society was not yet beset with crime. It is logical that it be amended because laws are supposed to be changed or repealed when these are no longer applicable to current
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Additionally, the judicial system is multifaceted; it incorporates various law enforcement agencies, the police, various public institutions, courts, correctional facilities, probation, prosecution, parole and other custodial institutions. However, other important players in the judicial system include private attorneys, private agencies, supervisionand administrative agencies among others (Levinson, 2002).
Provided the criminal or a suspect leaves biological evidence at the site of the crime, DNA sampling is an effective tool for proving the rightful offenders. In as much as the tool has been effective and helpful in providing evidence to rubber-stamp claims by the prosecution team, the same DNA has been used to exonerate persons and clear suspects mistakenly convicted of committing crimes.
Trial courts focus completely on finding appropriate proofs or refutations for the facts through the examination of witnesses' testimonies and physical evidence. Jury is available in trial courts and usually examine the cases, associated with equity and trusts (Abraham, 1986), but as a rule, a single (Baum, 1986) judge heads the trial and renders decisions, puts sentences and fines.
It is mentioned that Wales does not have any legal system as of now, but is governed by Laws of Wales Act, 1535 legally annexed by England and is within legal context of England. (Gillespie, 2007) The United Kingdom established in 1801 with the union of Great Britain and Ireland which actually achieved its status as UK with the separation of Ireland in 1922.
Laws are essentially made to control the behaviour of the people. If we see this practically, laws are meant to check the evil side of the human mind, which forces people to commit negative things harmful for any society and/or country.
It means that the principles and guidelines of the law which have been set forth in a society are essentially meant to control the behavior, attitude and professional practice of judges.
The reform movements that occurred in the 30's turned up multitudes of criminal conspiracies, which linked gangsters, politicians, and police (Schatzberg et al 1994, p.1).
Now, as law enforcement and the judicial system, plus society as a whole, look back on that era and compare it to today, there is found to be such a wealth of socioeconomic factors in favor of harboring and encouraging a steadfast existence of organized crime within the country.
The people believe that the lawyers adopt different tactics to influence the witness, and in some of the cases the witnesses are targeted and are threatened with dire consequences for their interpretation, therefore the witness give-up their version interpretation and act as per the interpretation of the lawyer.
As early as in 1836, the Anglo-American law of crimes with trials has been established in the Republic of Texas. Twenty years late the so-called penal Code (the criminal law) became regulated by the statutes of Texas and United States constitution. However, only appellate courts' decisions were published and referred to as the sources of common law.
as jurisdiction over larger civil cases, serious criminal cases, most divorce and other domestic cases; special trial courts with jurisdiction over juvenile or domestic cases. There are usually two appellate courts: the court of appeal which reviews cases decided by lower
I attended a court hearing that involved a jury, the charge that the defendant was facing was raping of a minor (a ten-years-old girl). Under section 317 of the Criminal Code Act 1899 (Old), it states, “Any person whom intentionally causes grievous bodily harm is guilty
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