How do you Plea? From the Jailhouse…National Assembly passes new Evidence Bill
Legal minds on both sides of the national assembly clashed as the Evidence Amendment Bill was read for a second time. For the most part, the government and opposition benches clashed over a move by the administration to make audio and video transmission apart of court proceedings when evidence is being presented.
Attorney General, Senior Counsel Doodnauth Singh laid out the government’s case stating that the move could fast track trials. Persons would be able to give evidence without actually being in the courtroom and the persons on trial could also be a part of the hearings without being in the courtroom either, they could remain in the jailhouse and monitor the case from there.
But PNC Reform Member of Parliament, Attorney Clarissa Rheil pointed out that there could be serious implications. Rheil told the National Assembly that the amendment may be too broad.
PPP Member of Parliament, another attorney, Social Services Minister Priya Manichand fired back, saying that the amendment could easily assist with better administration of justice. Alliance for Change member, Attorney Khemraj Ramjattan differed.
Ramjattan said while it’s easy to talk about technological changes for the local court system, financing those changes could be a bigger task .