Tag: Bermuda laws

Opinion: ‘Double Jeopardy’ Needs More Reform

Opinion: ‘Double Jeopardy’ Needs More Reform

[Opinion column written by Jonathan Starling] The recent debacle over the barring of a Canadian film-crew from filming on the island has helped to shed light on the need for further legal reforms in Bermuda. In particular, it’s time to take another look at the issue of ‘double jeopardy’ – where individuals cannot be tried for the same offence... Read more of this article

Photos: CedarBridge Hosts Law Symposium

Photos: CedarBridge Hosts Law Symposium

A young man raised his hand; he had a question for Senior Magistrate Archie Warner, “Does a person have to go to an assigned family member, if they do not want to?” This is one of several questions CedarBridge Academy students asked Magistrate Warner, who, along with Family Court Magistrate, Nicole Stoneham, visited CedarBridge Academy to present... Read more of this article

Video: Attorney-General On Sentencing Laws

Video: Attorney-General On Sentencing Laws

The Criminal Codes Amendment passed in the House of Assembly on Friday night [Mar 21], with MPs from both sides of the aisle supporting the Bill, which changes the laws for sentencing convicted murderers and gang members. The changes follow a ruling from the Privy Council in London last year [PDF], which stated that Bermuda laws do not allow for a minimum... Read more of this article

MPs Pass Motion To Overturn Waterfront Lease

MPs Pass Motion To Overturn Waterfront Lease

Parliamentarians passed a Bill that resulted in the overturning of the 262-year lease the Corporation of Hamilton signed with Allied Development Partners for the City of Hamilton waterfront area. The Municipalities Amendment Act 2014 passed on Friday [Mar 7] by a vote of 18 – 15, with all OBA MPs present voting in favour, while all PLP MPs present... Read more of this article

MPs Pass Bill To Make ID Checks Mandatory

MPs Pass Bill To Make ID Checks Mandatory

The Liquor Licence Amendment Bill 2014 — which seeks to make ID checks mandatory before selling alcohol or allowing entry into licensed premises — passed in the House of Assembly yesterday [Mar 5]. The bill passed with support from both sides of the aisle, and will now head to the Senate and must also receive the Governor’s assent... Read more of this article

MJM Appoints Fozeia Rana-Fahy As Director

MJM Appoints Fozeia Rana-Fahy As Director

MJM Limited has announced that Fozeia Rana-Fahy has been appointed director of the company, effective February 24, 2014. Ms. Rana-Fahy [pictured left] has been practicing commercial litigation at MJM since 2009. She undertook her legal training and early post qualification practice in the City of London where she specialised in reinsurance, shipping,... Read more of this article

Liquor Licence Amendment Bill 2014 Tabled

Liquor Licence Amendment Bill 2014 Tabled

The Liquor Licence Amendment Bill 2014 was tabled in the House of Assembly on Friday [Feb 14], which seeks to make ID checks mandatory before selling alcohol or allowing entry into licensed premises. It also seeks to create offences for situations including failing to examine ID before the sale of intoxicating liquor to anyone who appears to be a minor,... Read more of this article

PLP Table Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

PLP Table Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

On Friday [Feb 14] the Opposition tabled a bill in the House of Assembly which calls for removing all criminal sanctions for the possession of 14 grams of cannabis or cannabis resin. In a post on social media, Opposition MP David Burt said, “I would like to congratulate the OBA for something that happened on Friday. In November when the PLP attempted... Read more of this article

Cannabis Reform: CRC Solicits Public Feedback

Cannabis Reform: CRC Solicits Public Feedback

The Cannabis Reform Collaborative [CRC] is soliciting public input as well as inviting members of the public to participate in focus groups being planned. Last month Government announced that work had begun to produce a paper on cannabis policy reform and announced the members of the CRC as Stratton Hatfield, Dr. Ernest Peets, Kamal Worrell, Julia van... Read more of this article

Scott: ‘Responsibility To Push For Progress’

Scott: ‘Responsibility To Push For Progress’

Following Minister Michael Dunkley’s response to the PLP’s announcement that they will table an amendment relating to cannabis laws, Shadow Public Safety Minister Michael Scott said the Minister “chose to focus on politics over progress.” Earlier this week the PLP announced that they drafted an Amendment which they intend to... Read more of this article