Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley is recommending increased powers for magistrates and the appointment of special prosecutors as a means of speeding up murder trials.
Addressing the launch Wednesday morning of the Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy at Bushy Park racing circuit in St Philip, Lashley, who on occasion acts as attorney general, seemed concerned about the number of people facing murder charges who are out on bail.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite expressed similar concerns yesterday during his contribution to the debate on the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
Today, Lashley stressed that in addition to giving the magistrates increased sentencing powers and powers to hear these matters, “we can also contract a private practitioner who is experienced in criminal law to then deal with these cases.
“Give the police time, say about two months to get all of these files together,” he said.