The law referred to in the above article was passed prior to the prorogation of Parliament which was discussed in a Feb 28th posting (see below). It only remained to be proclaimed in force by executive order and this was done yesterday.

Notwithstanding the innacurate statements in the article, there is no longer any possibility of credit for pre-trial detention (ie. being held without bail) exceeding one and a half days for every day detained prior to sentencing. The law provides that a judge who denies an accused bail by reason of prior convictions-which is the usual reason for doing so-must state this in the court record and in such cases if a prison sentence is imposed at the conclusion of the trial the credit against the sentence  otherwise imposed cannot exceed the  actual number of days spent in pre-trial custody . If the pre-trial detention is ordered for a different reason the credit is limited to a maximum of one and a half days per day of detention. Two for one credit is unavailable for any reason and the sentencing judge must provide reasons for granting credit in every case.