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.

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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.

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