Law Assoc. wants debate on Evidence Act stopped immediately

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Law Assoc. wants debate on Evidence Act stopped immediately

The Law Association is calling for an immediate halt to the debate on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Administration of Justice) Bill, 2020.

The Bill is among a suite of proposed legislation scheduled for debate in the Senate Thursday afternoon at 2.30 pm.

The issue with the bill, according to the association, is that it seeks to give the Chief Justice added powers and significantly alter the Evidence Act.

The association made an urgent appeal to the Attorney General this morning, seeking to stop any debate on the proposed legislation.

According to a Newsday report, Secretary of the Law Association Shankar Bidaisee wrote to the AG at 6.36 am on Thursday saying the association “is of the considered view that these bills have far-reaching implication for the administration of justice and the practice of law.”

The association has asked for “an immediate suspension of any debate” on the proposed legislation for at least seven days to give its membership an adequate opportunity to give its views.