Nearly 1,000 cases for Home Circuit Court
Chief Justice Brian Sykes is urging greater stakeholder collaboration and effort in ensuring the timely disposal of court cases, and reduction in the backlog of matters for trial.
He made the call during yesterday's opening of the Easter Term of the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, for which 958 cases are listed.
Sykes said judges, attorneys, clerks and the police have a responsibility to ensure that the judicial system operates as efficiently and effectively as possible.
He said they had to ensure that court proceedings commence on time and that cases are properly prepared for trial.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, indicated that of the cases for the Easter Term, which runs until July 31, 886 of them were carried over from the Hilary Session, 26 are new committals, with another 46 listed for sentencing.
Of the 886, 476 are for various offences, including murder and attempted murder, manslaughter, wounding with intent, burglary, forgery/fraud, and bigamy.
The remaining 410 matters are for a number of sexual offences.
The 26 new cases include murder, robbery with aggravation, possession of identity information as well as sexual offences.