Concerns were raised in the States this week over a new law that is presently passing through the British Parliament. The Criminal Justice Administration Act introduces wide-ranging changes to the legal system, including the treatment of young offenders and the conditions for allowing bail. The challenge is that under its original provisions, the Act would have extended to Jersey and the other Crown Dependencies.
After been made aware of the situation, the States’ Legislation Committee immediately raised the matter with the Home Secretary. As a result, an amendment has been made to exclude the Channel Islands from the Act.
The Evening Post newspaper applauded the Committee for having moving so swiftly to preserve intact the constitution privileges that it claimed are the Island’s most precious heritage.
While the British Home Secretary dealt with the matter of amending the new law, there are reports that the Foreign Secretary is in conference with the German, French and Italian ambassadors over possible joint steps to address the deteriorating Austro-Serbian situation. Russia was not invited to attend, having already declared its intention to support Serbia if Austria-Hungary attacked its small Balkan neighbour.