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Bill No. 53
Various Laws (Criminal Matters) (Amendment No. 2) Bill Back to List

Twelfth Legislature (2013 - 2017)

Objects and Reasons

The objects of this Bill are to implement the provisions of Council Framework Decision 2008/675/JHA on taking account of convictions in Member States of the European Union in the course of new criminal proceedings, to implement the provisions of Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA on the fight against organised crime, to implement Council Decision 2008/615/JHA on the stepping-up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime. 

Furthermore, amendment of various laws are also being introduced to allow the prosecution to classify the gravity of certain offences and determine the court in which the persons accused of those offences are to be tried for the purpose of providing guidelines on the manner of such classification, for providing opportunity to the accused to seek judicial review of such classification and for providing for a power of the court to apply a lesser scale of punishments notwithstanding such classification. The Bill also makes amendments to the Conduct Certificates Ordinance for the purposes of making provision in respect of the circumstances in which a Form C declaration may be sought and for providing for certain first offences.

Motion No. 112 - Various Laws (Criminal Matters) Bill (Amendment No. 2)

Act No. XXIV of 2014 - Various Laws (Criminal Matters) (Amendment No. 2)


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