Bail (Amendment) Bill   






A BILL to amend the Bail Act No. 18 of 2012 and for matters connected therewith.


BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the National Assembly of Saint Christopher and Nevis and by the authority of the same as follows:


  1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Bail (Amendment) Act, 2017.


  1. Interpretation.

In this Act

“Firearms Act” means the Firearms Act Cap. 19.05;

“principal Act” means the Bail Act No. 18 of 2012.


  1. Amendment of section 2.

The principle Act is amended in section 2 by inserting, in the correct alphabetical order, the following

“ankle bracelet” refers to an electronic homing device or tracking device that defendants under bail or house-arrest may be required to wear to enable monitoring and recording of their whereabouts at all times;


  1. Amendment of section 3.

The principal Act is amended in section 3 by

  • replacing the expression “Subject to subsection (2)” with the expression “Subject to subsections (2) and (3); and
  • adding a new subsection (3) as follows

“(3) A person shall not be admitted to bail if that person is charged, simultaneously, with

  • a capital offence under any law in Saint Christopher and Nevis; and
  • an offence under the Firearms Act Cap.19.05.”.


  1. Amendment of section 4.

The principal Act is amended in section 4 by adding the following new subsection (5)

“(5) Where a defendant was convicted of a criminal offence under the Firearms Act and a period of ten years has not yet elapsed and that defendant is again charged with any offence under the Firearms Act, bail may only be granted if the defendant can satisfy the court that he or she should be granted bail.


  1. Amendment of section 12.

The principal Act is amended in section 12 by inserting a new paragraph (3) (ca) immediately after paragraph (c) as follows

(ca) wear an ankle bracelet or other similar monitoring device;”.