Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte says in recent times there’s been occasions where Opposition Senators have been disrespected as they seek to carry out their parliamentary duties.
Mrs. Malahoo Forte notes that she supports the general thrust of the proposed amendments to the Criminal Justice Administration’s Act.
The bill which was approved today says in circumstances where a trial judge feels that a mandatory sentence is unjust, the Judge is mandated to apply the sentence.
However, Mrs. Malahoo Forte says she called for a divide on the clause which proposes that the trial judge be given the option of referring the unjust sentence to the Appeal Court, while recommending a fair sentence.
Senator Malahoo Forte says it’d be best that the power to adjust the sentence be given to the trial judge, instead of adding another layer to the process.