Solicitors welcome plan to limit pre-charge bail

first_imgThe Law Society and criminal defence lawyers today welcomed the home secretary’s proposal for statutory limits on the length of time police are allowed to keep suspects on bail before being charged. Theresa May (pictured) told the College of Policing Conference that ‘we must also look at statutory time limits on the use of pre-charge bail to prevent people spending months or even years on bail only for no charges to be brought’.She was speaking after the BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini was told he would face no charges following his arrest in October 2013 in connection with alleged historical sex offences. He spent a year on bail until the Crown Prosecution Service last week said he would face no further action.Gambaccini had denied the allegations throughout.  The Law Society said there is currently no limit on how long a person can be kept on police bail before a decision on whether to charge them is made. In 2013, BBC research found that 3,000 people had been on bail for more than six months. Society president Andrew Caplen said people are often left ‘in the wilderness’ while police decide whether they should be charged. He backed the call for a statutory limit, suggesting one of 28 days.‘Not only does keeping someone on police bail interfere with their liberty; it also means that police investigations can be protracted and slow, making the justice system less efficient and with a negative effect on complainants and witnesses,’ Caplen said.‘We support there being a statutory limit of 28 days, after which the police should apply to a magistrate for an extension where this can be shown to be necessary. We will carefully consider whether the detail of the review announced today coincides with our view.’John Harding, criminal law partner at national firm Kingsley Napley, welcomed the announcement.‘Very restrictive conditions can be imposed during police bail which place severe limitations on individual liberty when a person has not actually been charged with an offence and in some cases never will be.‘It is time to change this. Judicial oversight of bail would be a practical way to improve the current system.’He added: ‘A scheme similar to the current custody time limits provisions is perhaps a good solution whereby a trial would be required to start within a specified period or an individual has to be released from bail restrictions.’last_img read more

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Dominica welcomes Costa Magica

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share The MV Costa Magica made its inaugural cruise call to Dominica on Thursday, January 2 at the Woodbridge Bay berth.Chie executive officer of Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) Benoit Bardouille, who welcomed the vessel to Dominica’s shores, stated that they have been working very hard with Costa Cruises and there has been an increase in the number of calls as a result.He also encouraged the crew and passengers to speak positively about the island “so that we can continue to receive increased calls from Costa”.Bardouille noted that a significant number of passengers disembarked to visit the island.“I am sure that based on the feedback coming from the passengers that we will get increased visits from Costa.”The vessel which is part of Costa Cruises is scheduled to make two cruise calls to Dominica during the 2013/2014 season.Costa Magica Captain Alfredo Romeo exchanging gifts with permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Stephenson HyacinthPermanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Stephenson Hyacinth said, “We are a developing country and we would welcome any suggestions, ways in which you think we can improve on the product”.Hyacinth however added “at this time we are satisfied that we have a product that is beyond compare”.“We hope the next time we will give the island more time and let our guests appreciate this calling on Dominica,” ship captain Alfredo Romeo noted.The ship has a passenger capacity of 2680 as well as a number of crew members and thirteen public decks.It has 1,358 cabins, 4 restaurants and eleven bars. It also has a wellness center with a gym, treatment rooms, saunas and a Turkish bath.The Costa Magica also has five Jacuzzis, 4 pools, a multipurpose sports pitch, an outdoor jogging track, casino, disco, internet point, library, duty free shopping stores, children’s area and a theatre three levels tall with two shows daily.Sister ship to the Costa Magica, the Costa Meditteranea, has been making cruise calls to Dominica for a number of years. It was also in port at the Roseau Cruise ship berth on January 2.[nggallery id = 440]Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img LocalNews Dominica welcomes Costa Magica by: – January 2, 2014 Tweet 218 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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PRESS RELEASE: His Excellency President Savarin A. Savarin, to hold a series of meetings with Scout Leaders

first_img Sharing is caring! His Excellency, the President, will hold his next meetings with leaders of the Cochrane Scout Troop on Friday, February 22, 2019 and with leaders of the 4th St Alphonsus Scout Troop on Friday, March 1, 2019.The Chief Scout will receive leaders of the Penville, Roseau, Grand Bay, Portsmouth, St Joseph, and Paix Bouche Scout Troops through to March 15, 2019.His Excellency is assisted in his series of meetings by Chief Scout Commissioner Dr Mallet Marie, and Deputy Chief Scout Commissioner Mr Kenrick Lecointe. Share LocalNews PRESS RELEASE: His Excellency President Savarin A. Savarin, to hold a series of meetings with Scout Leaders by: – February 26, 2019 Share For this reason, His Excellency, the Chief Scout, has already met in his office with Scout Leaders of the Newtown/Kingshill Scout Troop on Wednesday, 6th February, 2019; the 3rd Mahaut Scout Troop on Friday, 8th February, 2019; the Castle Bruce Scout Troop on Wednesday, 13th February, 2019;, and the Kalinago Scout Troop on Friday, 15th February, 2019.center_img Share His Excellency President Savarin A. Savarin, Chief Scout has planned a series of meetings with Scout Leaders around the island.President of Dominica and Chief Scout, His Excellency Charles A. Savarin, is continuing his drive to breathe new life into the Scouting Movement in Dominica. His Excellency has therefore decided to embark on a series of meetings with scout leaders across the island. The aim is to provide a forum for candid discussions about the needs and concerns of the troops and to articulate recommendations to develop scouting in Dominica.His Excellency the President understands the importance of institutions such as scouting; to the development of the youth and its role in nurturing well-rounded individuals who will make valuable contributions to society. The Chief Scout hopes to reignite the spirit of scouting that was started in Dominica in 1929 by Canon Barrett, J.O Aird and others. Tweet 356 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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