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Antigua: Lower House passes law making judge-alone trials permanent

The Lower House of Parliament in Antigua recently voted to permanently empower judges to preside over High Court cases for indictable criminal matters by passing an amendment that ended a sunset clause in the Criminal Proceedings, Trial by Judge Alone Act of 2021.
 
Originally introduced as a temporary measure aimed at tackling the backlog of cases exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the legislation's sunset clause was extended twice before a proposal to eliminate it entirely. 
 
The move is now pending ratification by the Senate.


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