October 21, 2023

Defense attorneys say High Court showing less understanding on bail for defendants

Currently, such offenses are treated similarly to murder, rape, and certain sexual offenses – the Magistrate is barred in law from granting bail in the first [...]
October 21, 2023

Belize courts to receive further assistance in reducing criminal case backlogs through new European Union/UNDP program

The Partnership of the Caribbean and the European Union on Justice (PACE Justice) Program will focus on reducing current and preventing future backlogs of criminal justice [...]
October 17, 2023

PEACE Movement renews Redistricting Case in High Court

The proposal submitted by the Commission to the National Assembly in pursuance of the Order made last year is, according to the Movement, not in compliance [...]
October 9, 2023

Government announces legal reforms to plea agreements, alternative sentencing, and keeping of criminal records

New legislation titled the Criminal Procedure (Plea Discussion and Plea Agreement) Act would establish a system of plea discussion and plea agreements in criminal procedure to [...]
October 5, 2023

Government to increase penalties for use of threatening words and aggravated assault and expand to protect court officers, elected officials, media personnel and others

It will now be a serious offence to use threatening words or behavior as defined in Section 4 (1) (xi) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act [...]
October 4, 2023

Attorney Oscar Selgado’s trial for abetment to commit murder begins with reports of missing and lost evidence

Selgado is accused of, in February of 2019, hiring a man to kill a woman who had reported him to the General Legal Council following claims [...]
September 18, 2023

“Sick-out” by prosecutors halts opening of High Court session

While a formal statement has not been issued, best information suggests that this tactic is related to the prosecutors' ongoing fight for better working conditions in [...]
September 9, 2023

Is keeping African national James Kojo Efrimea in jail to release evidence of extortion by corrupt immigration officers legally correct?

Orson Elrington further claims the Immigration Department wants his client, James Kojo Efrimea, to testify against their officers who he claims he paid to leave.