Cabinet has approved the issuing of drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel for an amendment of the Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreements) Act.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz
Addressing Wednesday’s (June 30) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said the amendment will allow a resident magistrate to impose a sentence of imprisonment less than the mandatory minimum sentence.
“This would be applicable in circumstances where an accused, who is the subject of a plea negotiation, is charged with an offence that attracted a mandatory minimum penalty,” he explained.
He added that Cabinet, in the meantime, has also approved the updated International Monetary Fund (IMF) Letter of Intent (LOI); and the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP).
“The revised LOI and MEFP were outcomes of the May 4 to 18, 2010 IMF Mission to review and re-evaluate compliance with the end of March, 2010 targets set out and agreed based on the agreement of the 15th of January, 2010,” Minister Vaz informed.