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Pritam Singh on Post-appeal Applications in Capital Cases Bill

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A new process proposed for death row inmates to file challenges after they have exhausted all legal avenues will better regulate procedures and be fairer to inmates and their families in cases of “vexatious applications” which have zero chance of success, said Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 29), he sought clarification on several aspects of the Bill which was up for debate. He asked about the extent of discretion given to the Court of Appeal to allow challenges even if they do not comply with the new process. On not allowing a prisoner who has previously abused court processes to file a post-appeal application unless there are new evidence or legal arguments, Mr Singh raised a scenario where the lawyer had been at fault, saying that in such instances the prisoner should not be unfairly prejudiced.

A new process proposed for death row inmates to file challenges after they have exhausted all legal avenues will better regulate procedures and be fairer to inmates and their families in cases of “vexatious applications” which have zero chance of success, said Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 29), he sought clarification on several aspects of the Bill which was up for debate. He asked about the extent of discretion given to the Court of Appeal to allow challenges even if they do not comply with the new process. On not allowing a prisoner who has previously abused court processes to file a post-appeal application unless there are new evidence or legal arguments, Mr Singh raised a scenario where the lawyer had been at fault, saying that in such instances the prisoner should not be unfairly prejudiced.

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