HC Deb 13 May 1965 vol 712 cc109-10W
53. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) what action he proposes to take to assist Police Constable Childs, who has been sent to jail for two months in Bermuda, with legal aid for the conduct of his appeal;

(2) why Police Constable Childs, who has been sentenced in Bermuda to two months imprisonment, has to wait nine months for his appeal to be heard.

Mr. Greenwood

A Court of Appeal for Bermuda was established on the 1st May, 1965. Hitherto the only appellate court in respect of decisions of the Supreme Court was the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. There is no reason to suppose that it will take as long as 9 months for an appeal to be heard by the new Court of Appeal.

It is open to P.C. Childs to apply under the Bermuda Court of Appeal Act, 1964, for legal assistance on appeal.

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